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Allison M. Dussias
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Areas of Expertise
  • Women's Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Equal Protection
  • Environmental Law and Justice
  • Civil Rights
  • Business Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Minority Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • First Amendment
  • Corporate Law
  • American Indian Law

Allison M. Dussias

Acting Dean and Professor of Law


JD, University of Michigan Law School
AB, Georgetown University

Professional Background

Professor Allison Dussias is the author of articles on American Indian law, on topics including religious freedom, property rights, and tribal sovereignty. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1991, Dussias was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, where her principal practice areas were corporate and securities law.

Featured Publications

Indigenous Religious Rights in the United States, International Perspective on Indigenous Religious Rights (2023)

Protecting Native American Sacred Space: The Promise and Limit of Cultural Preservation, Berkley Forum (2020)

The Reports of Our Death Are Greatly Exaggerated - Reflections on the Resilience of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, 2018 Brigham Young University Law Review (2018)

Distance learning standards under consideration by ABA Legal Ed Section, ABA Journal (2017)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Everglades Ecosystem: Refuge and Resource, 9 FIU Law Review (2014)

Room for a (Sacred) View? American Indian Tribes Confront Visual Desecration Caused by Wind Energy Projects, 38 American Indian Law Review 333 (2014)

Friend, Foe, Frenemy: The United States and American Indian Religious Freedom, 90 Denver University Law Review 347 (2013)

Protecting Pocahontas’s World: The Mattaponi Tribe’s Struggle Against Virginia’s King William Reservoir Project, 36 American Indian Law Review 1 (2012)

At the Margins: Border Tribes' Struggles to Protect Reservation Lands, Waters, and Communities, Tribes, Land, and the Environment (2012)

Spirit Food and Sovereignty: Pathways for Protecting Indigenous Peoples' Subsistence Rights, 58 Cleveland State Law Review 272 (2010)

Exhibiting Culture in Legal Settings: Courts, Agencies, and Tribes, 45 Tulsa Law Review 65 (2010)

Indigenous Languages Under Siege: The Native American Experience (contribution to Eighth Tribal Sovereignty Symposium, Indigenous and “Minority Languages Under Siege: Finding Answers to a Global Threat”), 3 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 5 (2008)

Indians and Indios: Echoes of the Bhopal Disaster in the Achuar People of Peru’s Struggle Against the Toxic Legacy of Occidental Petroleum (contribution to Symposium, “The Bhopal Disaster Approaches 25: Looking Back to Look Forward”), 42 New England Law Review 809 (2008)

Kennewick Man, Kinship, and the “Dying Race”: The Ninth Circuit’s Assimilationist Assault on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 84 Nebraska Law Review 55 (2005)

Does the Right of Self-determination Include a Right to a Homeland?, 31 Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce 83 (2004)

Let No Native American Child Be Left Behind: Re-envisioning Native American Education for the Twenty-first Century, 43 Arizona Law Review (2001) presented in Spring 2001 University of Connecticut Law School faculty seminar series.

Cultural Conflicts Regarding Land Use: The Conflict between Recreational Users and Native American Ceremonial Users at Devils Tower, Res Communes: Vermont’s Journal of the Environment (1999)

Waging War with Words: Native Americans' Continuing Struggle against the Suppression of Their Languages, 60 Ohio State Law Journal (1999)

Squaw Drudges, Farm Wives, and the Dann Sisters' Last Stand: American Indian Women's Resistance to Domestication and the Denial of Their Property Rights, 77 North Carolina Law Review (1999)

Ghost Dance and Holy Ghost: The Echoes of Nineteenth-Century Christianization Policy in Twentieth-Century Native American Free Exercise Cases, 49 Stanford Law Review (1997)

The Right to Cultural and Religious Self-Determination: Lessons from the Experience of Native Americans, 2 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law (1996)

Geographically-Based and Membership-Based Views of Indian Tribal Sovereignty: The Supreme Court's Changing Vision, 55 University of Pittsburgh Law Review (1993)

Scholarly Work