The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management is a law and policy research institute. Established in Denver, Colorado in 1997, the Institute's cadre of internationally-based legal scholars and researchers work on cutting-edge projects designed to empower native peoples by examining the role the law can play in establishing and enhancing indigenous peoples' control over and management of their lands and resources. Institute teams also study ways indigenous peoples can assess and manage the impacts of science and technology on their societies and help build and strengthen native legal, technical, management, and other systems and institutions.
The Institute maintains a small cadre of senior attorneys at its offices in Denver. These attorneys bring decades of experience working with Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples on a wide range of issues. They have represented tribes on Indian Child Welfare Act, gaming, environmental, and resource management litigation and negotiations. Additionally, the Institute has a distinguished company of experts associated with it. Institute staff and associates are highly regarded by, and very active in their respective disciplines. Their writings appear frequently in prestigious legal, cultural resources, and other professional journals and they are often invited to lecture at professional conferences and symposia. Other important members of the Institute project teams are the graduate and undergraduate student interns. Interns from New Zealand, Japan, Hawai'i, and from all over Indian country conduct substantive research and often serve as faculty at Institute workshops or present the results of their research at professional conferences and symposia. The Institute's internship program is part of its comprehensive education and training program that also includes roundtables on emerging and controversial issues and workshops on a variety of intellectual property rights, resource management, environmental protection, climate, and related topics.