Tribal Web Development: Law, Technology, and Governance

Tribal Web Development: 

Law, Technology, & Governance

A Certificate Course | 1 Credit | Starting from May 20th, 2024

Who Should Attend: This course is open to all individuals who are eager to enhance their digital literacy, web development skills, and understanding of domain name governance. It is designed for individuals inspired to promote tribal sovereignty and advance tribal interests in the digital age.


Because this course is being offered for the first time free of cost, we anticipate high competition for admission. Enrollment is limited to 50 students. Should we receive more applications, priority will be given to Pascua Yaqui and other Tribal students, aligning with our commitment to support the PYT-UA Microcampus mission and enhance tribal access to educational opportunities. However, we encourage all tribal and non-tribal students to apply. Applicants not admitted this time will be considered on a rolling basis for future batches 

The course is available asynchronously through the University of Arizona Community D2L website, allowing you to access course materials and complete assignments at your convenience. We also offer synchronous options. This means you can join live online classes via Zoom to engage in class discussions. Recordings of these sessions will be available for you to watch later if you cannot attend live.

Once admitted, students will have access to course materials, Zoom meeting details, and the syllabus via the University of Arizona Community D2L website.

***Thank you for your interest. The Applications are closed. If you would like to receive updates on our future batches, please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven't already.

Class Schedule

Date Time
Mon, May 20, 2024 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Tue, May 21, 2024 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Tue, May 28, 2024 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Wed, May 29, 2024 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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Offering Flexible Learning to Fit Your Schedule

This course is available fully online, offered with flexible, asynchronous content. This means lectures are pre-recorded and accessible at your convenience, allowing you to balance work and study effectively. There's no requirement to be online at specific times, ensuring minimal disruption to your work schedule and family time. Course tasks are part of the curriculum, but with the self-paced nature of the course, you can manage these alongside work commitments. You will have an instructor who will be facilitating online content and available if you have questions or concerns.

Course Description 

This course offers essential knowledge for creating websites specifically tailored for the Native American community. It addresses the unique opportunity for federally and state-recognized tribes to use the "" domain, reflecting their status as the "Government". Students will gain an understanding of the specific rules and procedures for registering an "" domain name, alongside insights into global domain name registrations and dispute resolution policies and how tribal intellectual property rights intersect with commercial domain name registrations.

Through discussions on tribal sovereignty, highlighted by an examination of the relevant rules and principles of federal Indian law and policy, the course delineates the critical role of tribal websites as the Native Sovereign Nation online. This exploration is designed to instruct both tribal and non-tribal members about the legal frameworks governing the development of tribal websites. The course introduces participants to the web development tools and skills required to construct these and other specialized websites. By integrating artificial intelligence and popular web development platforms, it offers students in the course practical assignments aimed at achieving tangible outcomes. This comprehensive approach ensures that students not only understand the legal and cultural considerations unique to tribal websites but also acquire the technical proficiency needed for their creation.

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Maximize Savings and Maximize Learning with 100% Discount on Tuition!

Typically, tuition at the PYT-UA Microcampus costs $500 per credit. However, we are now offering the Tribal Web Development Certificate absolutely free for students enrolling via the Pascua Yaqui Tribe-University of Arizona Microcampus or the NativeNet Virtual Tribal Microcampus Network.

Eligibility Requirements:

This course is designed to be accessible to everyone; no prior coding knowledge or educational background is required. It is open to all, welcoming both tribal and non-tribal students who are interested in learning about the collaboration of Web Development, Tribal Governance on the internet, and Law.

Course Highlights:


Tribal Sovereignty vs US Government Entity: Understanding Marshall's Trilogy
Explore the complex dynamics of Tribal Sovereignty in the US through a detailed examination of Marshall's Trilogy, which lays foundational legal principles in this pivotal area.
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Web Development Basics:
Dive into the dynamic world of web development with practical, hands-on experience in industry-standard platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, and GoDaddy. Learn how to build your own simple website from scratch with no coding required!
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Law of Domain Names:
Explore the legal aspects of domain names, with a focus on intellectual property considerations when buying a domain name. Understand how to efficiently promote and protect your tribal brand online with an understanding of Tribal Governance on the Internet.

Unlocking .gov Domains for Tribes:
Discover the significance of the .gov domain extension and why tribal governments should acquire it. Gain insights into the elibility, process and benefits of securing a .gov domain.

Harnessing ChatGPT:
Learn how to utilize ChatGPT, a powerful AI language model, for research, communication, coding, and problem-solving in various contexts.

By the end of this certificate course, students will have the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the digital landscape effectively, ready and confident to develop their web presence, protect their tribal intellectual property online, and harness AI technology for their community's benefit.

If you have any questions, please contact the instructor via email mentioned below.


Vishal Gaikwad
S.J.D., LL.M., LL.B., B.Com.
Web Developer Lead
Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program
James E. Rogers College of Law

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