William G Rice


G. William Rice

Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Native American Law Center

G. William Rice is one of the nation’s foremost authorities of Indian law. His casebook, Tribal Governmental Gaming Law, was the first law school level casebook for Indian gaming law classes. He also is a contributor to the two latest revisions of Felix Cohen’s classic Indian law treatise, The Handbook of Federal Indian Law, and has written extensively in the area of Indian law. He is the founding director of the TU College of Law's LL.M. in American Indian and Indigenous Law.

Prior to joining the faculty at the TU College of Law, Rice represented Indian tribal governmental entities in private practice for almost 18 years. He successfully argued Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Sac and Fox Nation, 508 U.S. 114 (1993) in the U.S. Supreme Court, filed amicus curiae briefs in a number of Supreme Court cases, and argued several cases in the federal appellate courts. He also represented tribes at the United Nations’ Working Group on Indigenous Populations, the Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and has made presentations to the United Nations’ Workshop on Indigenous Children and Youth. He taught courses at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Cornell Law School, and was the founding director of the Northern Plains Tribal Judicial Training Center at the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Rice is an enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma who has served his tribe as Chief Judge and Assistant Chief. He has also served as the Attorney General for the Sac and Fox Nation (Oklahoma), Chief Justice for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the Sac and Fox Nation in Kansas, and in other capacities with various Indian tribal governments.

Rice earned his bachelor’s degree from Phillips University in 1973 and his JD from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1978. He teaches Indian Gaming Law, Tribal Government, Native American and Indigenous Rights, the American Indian Law Seminar, and Constitutional law.