G. William Rice

G William Rice

Associate Professor of LawCo-Director of the Native American Law CenterFaculty sponsor of the student Republican Law SocietyJohn Rogers Hall 2424
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Professor Rice earned his B.A. from Phillips University in 1973, and his J.D. at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1978.

Prior to joining the faculty in 1995, he spent 18 years in private practice representing Indian Tribes and entities. He has served as the Attorney General for the Sac and Fox Nation, Chief Justice for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Assistant Chief and Chief Judge for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, and in other capacities with various Indian tribal governments. He successfully argued on behalf of the Sac and Fox Nation in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Sac and Fox Nation, 508 U.S. 114 (1993). He has taught at Antioch School of Law's Indian Paralegal program, visited at the University of Oklahoma in the Political Science department and the Cornell Law School, and served as the Director of the Northern Plains Tribal Judicial Training Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law. He has participated in the United Nations' Working Group on Indigenous Populations, Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Workshop on Indigenous Children and Youth.

His book, Tribal Governmental Gaming Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2006) is the first law school level casebook to be published for use in Indian gaming law classes. He 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 Indian law area.

Regularly called upon to speak at scholarly and governmental meetings, his speaking engagements have included presentations to the United Nations' Workshop on Indigenous Children and Youth, the University of Paris VII - Denis Diderot, The Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference, the Oklahoma Supreme Court's Sovereignty Symposium, and numerous appearances at functions sponsored by major University Law Schools and Indian Tribes.

Teaching and writing interests include Indian law with an emphasis on the revitalization of the legal and political systems of Indian Tribes; Jurisprudence with an emphasis on the comparison of western and American Indian concepts of law; and Constitutional law. His regularly taught courses include a course on the law of Indian Gaming, Tribal Government, Native American and Indigenous Rights, and American Constitutional Law. He was the founding Director of the LL.M. Degree in American Indian and Indigenous Law, and currently serves as Co-Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
    American Indian Law Review
    J.D. 1978
  • Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, Massachusetts
    1973-1975 Health Physics M.S. Program
    Radiological Safety and Control
  • Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma
    B.A. Chemistry 1973

 

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • International Indigenous Law
  • Indian Reorganization Act (Wheeler-Howard Act)
  • Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act (Thomas-Rogers Act)
  • Tribal Governmental Powers and Development
  • Indian Gaming
  • Constitutional Federalism

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1995-Present
    University of Tulsa College of Law
    3120 East 4th Place
    Tulsa, Oklahoma 73104
    Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law.
    Courses taught include various advanced Indian Law courses including Indian Gaming, Tribal Government, Native American and Indigenous Rights, the Advanced Indian Law Seminars, LL.M. Thesis Seminar, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law.
  • Summer 1998, 2001
    American Indian Law Center, Inc.
    1117 N. Stanford
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Professor of Federal Indian Law for the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) for American Indian students beginning the study of law in the fall semester, 1998, 2001.
  • Spring 1995 and Spring 1996
    Cornell Law School
    Myron Taylor Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, New York
    Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cornell Law School. The Federal Indian Law course was taught during the spring semester.
  • 1994-1995
    University of North Dakota School of Law
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Faculty member and first Director of the Northern Plains Tribal Judicial Training Institute for the University of North Dakota School of Law.
  • 1988-1994
    Political Science Department
    University of Oklahoma
    Norman, Oklahoma 73070
    Member of the visiting faculty of the Political Science Department of the University of Oklahoma with the rank of Associate Professor, from 1988 through 1994. Courses taught include "Indians in the American Legal & Political System", "Tribal Government", and "American Government."
  • 1978-1979
    Antioch School of Law
    Washington, D.C.
    Planned and conducted classroom instruction of Indian paralegal students in the fields of American Indian Property law, administrative and tribal court advocacy, American Indian probate law, and the Indian Child Welfare Act as a trial advocacy course

 

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 1990 - 2001
    United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
    Assistant Chief - 1999-2001.
    Second highest Tribal officer and member of the Tribal Council.
    Chief Judge of the Tribal Court 1990 - 1999.
  • 1988-1995
    Rice & Bigler
    Representative Cases Include:
    Oklahoma Tax Commission v. Sac and Fox Nation, 508 U.S. 114 (1993).
    Bank of Oklahoma v. Muscogee (Creek) Nation, 972 F.2d 1166 (10th Cir. 1992).
    General law practice in the Cushing, Oklahoma firm of Rice & Bigler. The firm served as general or special counsel for several Indian Tribes and organizations. The practice consisted almost exclusively of federal and tribal Indian law, including federal, tribal, and state court litigation, tribal business and economic development matters, and assisting tribal elected leaders with tribal governmental planning and relationships with federal, state, and other tribal officials.
  • 1986-Present
    Citizen Potawatomi Nation
    Selected and confirmed by popular vote as the first modern day constitutional Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  Presently serves in this capacity.
  • 1985-1995; 1996-2000
    Sac and Fox Nation
    Attorney General for the Sac and Fox Nation since the re-establishment of their Tribal Court System in 1985 through 1995, and 1996-2000.
  • 1979-1988
    G. William Rice, Attorney at Law
    Pipestem and Rice, Attorneys at Law
    General law practice in Norman, Oklahoma from 1979 until his relocation to Cushing, Oklahoma in August of 1988. Professor Rice has represented Indian Tribes and organizations since his admission to the Bar in 1979.
  • 1990-1992
    United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma
    Chairman of the Board of the Keetoowah Tribal Loan Fund.
  • 1987-1988
    Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
    Appointed and served as a Commissioner of the Absentee Shawnee Business Development Commission.
  • 1985-1987
    Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
    Member of the Kiowa Tribal Tax Commission from 1985 through 1987.
  • 1981-1982
    Oklahoma Indian Legal Services Corporation (OILS)
    Member of the Board of Directors on behalf of the Anadarko Area Office Court of Indian Offenses Bar Association.
  • 1979-1983 & 1986-1988
    Court of Indian Offenses Bar Association
    Anadarko Area Office, BIA, DOI.
    First President and Executive Director of the Bar Association of the Anadarko Area Office Court of Indian Offenses (Department of the Interior).
  • 1980-1981
    Office of the Prosecutor
    Court of Indian Offenses, AAO, BIA.
    As first assistant prosecutor, duties included supervision of the Shawnee Agency Prosecutor's office as well as consulting and back-up duties at three other Indian agencies within the Anadarko Area Office jurisdiction.
  • 1977-1981
    Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission
    Consultant duties included the development of legal memorandums and various manuscripts for the Commission and various Indian tribes in Oklahoma.
  • 1977
    Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
    Law clerk duties included review of criminal cases appealed to Oklahoma's court of last resort in criminal cases, legal research and case preparation under the direction of the Court.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Supreme Court of the United States (1989)
  • Sac and Fox Nation Supreme Court (1985)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1982)
  • Citizen Band Potawatomi Supreme Court (1986)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1986)
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court (1989)
  • United States District Court, for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (1984)
  • Cheyenne-Arapaho Bar Association (thru the Court of Indian Offenses).
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (1981)
  • Court of Indian Appeals/Court of Indian Offenses, Anadarko Area Office Jurisdiction, BIA. (1979)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (1981)
  • Native American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Indian Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court (1979)
  • American Bar Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • Constitutional Law
  • Indian Gaming Law
  • Native American and Indigenous Rights
  • Tribal Government

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Tulsa College of Law Faculty Scholarship Award (2007-08) for contributions to Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2006) (co-award with other TU faculty contributors: Vicki Limas, Valerie Phillips, Judith Royster, Melissa Tatum).
  • Dean's Honor Roll, University of Oklahoma College of Law.
  • American Indian Law Review, Editor, Article and Book Review Editor, Recent Federal Developments Editor. University of Oklahoma College of Law.
  • Final Round Judge, National Native American Law Students Association, Inc., Annual Moot Court Competition at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. (1993).
  • Honorary Mayor-President, City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge (1987).
  • Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity, Holmes Inn. University of Oklahoma College of Law.
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Member, University of Oklahoma
  • American Indian Law Students Association, President. University of Oklahoma College of Law.
  • Dannenburg Memorial Scholarship, University of Oklahoma College of Law.
  • Phillips University Scholarship, Phillips University.