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Pommersheim Discusses Experiences in Indian Law on Credit Hour

Frank Pommersheim on Credit Hour Frank Pommersheim, a USD School of Law professor, discusses his career on Credit Hour.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Frank Pommersheim, a professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law, discussed his experiences in Volunteer in Services to America (VISTA), his work on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and his passion for teaching Indian law and the rights of Indigenous peoples in South Dakota on the latest episode of Credit Hour.

Each year, Pommersheim takes law students on a two-day trip to the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation to see various tribal court cases in action.

“I can talk about Indian law in class, but we need to go out there,” Pommersheim said. “Students need hands-on experience.”

Pommersheim has taught at USD for over 30 years and has won many awards for his work. He recently was honored by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for a career and lifetime of work in Indian law.

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USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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