Monte Mills

  • Charles I. Stone Professor of Law
  • Director, Native American Law Center


Phone: (206) 616-3482


B.A. 1999, Lewis & Clark College J.D. 2003, University of Colorado

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

American Indian Law — Environmental Law — Natural Resources Law — Tribal Law — Water Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 503 Property I
LAW A 525 Water Law
LAW A 565 American Indian Law
LAW B 581 Land, American Culture, and the Law
LAW E 531 Indigenous Economic Development and the Law

Monte Mills joined the UW faculty in 2022 as Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and the Director of the Native American Law Center (NALC). He teaches American Indian Law, Property, and other classes focused on Native American and natural resources related topics.

Monte's research and writing focuses on the intersection of Federal Indian Law, Tribal sovereignty, and natural resources as well as race and racism in the law and legal education. He has published several law review articles and serves as a co-author on two textbooks: American Indian Law, Cases and Commentary (along with Robert T. Anderson, Sarah A. Krakoff, and Kevin K. Washburn) and Native American Natural Resources Law (with Michael Blumm and Elizabeth Kronk Warner). Monte also co-authored A Third Way: Decolonizing the Laws of Indigenous Cultural Protection, which was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2020.

Prior to joining the UW faculty, Monte was a professor and Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Prior to joining that faculty, Monte was the Director of the Legal Department for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, an in-house counsel department that he helped organize and implement in 2005 following completion of a unique two-year in-house attorney training program. As Director of the Tribe's Legal Department, Monte represented and counseled the Tribe on a broad array of issues, including litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, legislative matters before the Colorado General Assembly and the United States Congress, and internal tribal matters such as contracting, code-drafting, and gaming issues.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

Professional Publications

News Media

  • Speaker, "Critical Concerns in Indian Country: Arizona v. Navajo Nation", Indian Law Section Annual CLE, Montana State Bar (April 21, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Combating Climate Change and Increasing Tribal Co-Management", with Emily Haley & Dylan Hedden-Nicely, Indian Law Section Annual Conference, Federal Bar Association (April 18, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Stewart Udall and the Politics of Beauty", with Eric Eberhard, John de Graaf, Mark Udall & Sanne Knudsen, Native American Law Center Film Screening and Discussion, University of Washington School of Law (April 7, 2023)
  • Panelist, Tribal Co-Management of Federal Public Lands with Craig Andrews & Majel Russel, Spring Symposium, Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (April 7, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Advancing and Expanding an American 30 by 30", with Jamie Pleune, Adell Amos & Jessie Owley, 2023 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium, George Washington University (April 6, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Foundations of Federal Indian Law, Treaties, and Natural Resources", with Eric Eberhard & Kate Fort, Appellate Conference, Washington State Courts (March 27, 2023)
  • Speaker, "Restoring our Nation’s Legacy: Native Nations, Co-Management, and the Future of Federal Public Lands", Case Western Reserve University School of Law (March 22, 2023)
  • Panelist, "Integrating Content on Native American Law and Indigenous Identities", with Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Rebecca Plevel, Nicole P. Dyszlewski (moderator), Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series, Roger Williams University School of Law, CUNY School of Law, George Washington Law, Berkeley Law, Jurist (October 19, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Native Nations in a Time of Energy Transition", Seventh Annual SRP Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (May 13, 2022)
  • Moderator, "Management of Sovereign Lands in the Era of Climate Change", ABA Section on Environment and Energy Resources (SEER) 51st Spring Conference, (April 7, 2022)
  • Speaker, "Recognizing and Honoring Tribal Leadership in Public Land Management", 75th Anniversary of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), (September 23, 2021)
  • Speaker, "The Future of Self-Governance: Tribal Co-Management of Public Lands", 2021 Tribal Self-Governance Conference, Self-Governance Communication and Education Tribal Consortium (September 16, 2021)
  • Discussant, "Race, Lawyering, and the Experiential Curriculum", 2021 Annual Clinical Conference, Association of American Law Schools (AALS) (April 28, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Sovereignty and the Sacred: Past, Present, and Future", Environmental Justice in the United States: Taking Stock under President Biden, UCLA Emmet Institute Spring Symposium (April 26, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Healthcare Sovereignty: The History, Context, and Challenges of Tribal Self-Determination", Healthcare Issues and Negotiating 638 Contracts, Indian Law Section, Montana State Bar (April 23, 2021)