Category Archives: Tribal

Tribal Courts and the Federal System

Date(s) of Conference:

November 8-9, 2012

Location:

Harvard Law School

Description:

This conference will bring together tribal judges and attorneys, tribal, state, and federal government policymakers, and scholars to explore issues Indian tribal courts currently face in criminal and civil enforcement, jurisdiction, and lawmaking.

Contact Information:

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/dkresfw2iqm3xjd/HLS%20Conference%20Schedule%20FINAL.docx

Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference

Date(s) of Conference:

August 10-11, 2011

Location:

University of Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Description:

The conference promotes the training, education, and sharing of information between American Indians on and off-reservation with various federal, state, and local agencies, community organizations, educators, health care providers, and more.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Nondiscrimination in Employment and Employment Opportunities through Tribal Employment Rights Offices
  • Sexual Violence in the Lives of Native Women
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the American Indian Health Improvement Act
  • Civil Rights and Justice on Tribal Land
  • The Modern HIV Epidemic and its Challenges to Tribal Rights and Sovereignty
  • Culturally Aware Approaches to Address Harassment and Bullying

Registration is required, to do so visit Unco.edu.

Contact Information:

Solomon Little Owl
Solomon.littleowl@unco.edu 

Evelyn McGregor  
evelyn.mcgregor@fns.usda.gov.

10th Annual Women Are Sacred Conference

Date(s) of Conference:

August 9-11, 2011

Location:

Mystic Lake, MN

Description:

The 10th Annual Women are Sacred Conference will be a celebration of people, programs, and possibilities.  This year’s conference will represent the best.  It will showcase tribal specific best practices, highlight the incredible work that is being done in Native communities across the country, and recognize the amazing women and men that are organizing and educating to end violence against Native women.  This conference recognizes that women are sacred and central to the health and well being of tribal sovereignty and the safety of Native women are directly linked to one another is the philosophical foundation of this conference.

The landmark Violence Against Women Act is 17 years old, it has been 6 years since Native women’s advocates and their allies successfully organized for the passage in 2005 of the Safety for Native Women Title included in the Violence Against Women Act, and one year since the Tribal Law and Order Act was signed into law.  Many changes have taken place, not only in our personal lives, but in the lives of our families and communities.  This single, most important conference will focus on those changes and feature the people, the programs and the practices that are leading the way in our work to end violence against Native women.

Once again, Sacred Circle, Mending the Sacred Hoop, Clan Star, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and many others will work together to make this conference a huge success.  The 2011 Women are Sacred Conference will continue to provide Native women, advocates, law enforcement, tribal leaders, prosecutors, judges, dispatchers, clerks or court, health care providers, social workers and community members a unique opportunity to gain and exchange information, share struggles and solutions, and nurture a growing network to end violence against Native women.

Contact Information:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/nativeamerican/

25th Annual Coming Together of Peoples Conference

Date(s) of Conference:

March 25-16, 2011

Location:

University of Wisconsin Law School

Description:

Topics covered include:

  • Tribal Debt & Finance
  • Workers Rights
  • Federal Indian Law & Policy
  • Collecting Taxes in Indian Country
  • The Tribal Law and Order Act
  • Indian Law in the Supreme Court
  • Tribal Property Law

Contact Information:

Sam Crowfoot
ILSA Vice President
scrowfoot@wisc.edu

http://www.law.wisc.edu/news/Articles/ILSA_Hosts_25th_Annual_Coming_To_2011-03-02

Call for Papers: Seattle Journal of American Indian Law

Call for Papers:

The Seattle Journal of American Indian Law is a proposed academic collaboration at Seattle University among students, faculty, and practitioners. In an effort to fill a critical gap in the amount of current information available to those interested in the rapidly-developing field of Indian law, the Journal will employ an innovative online format. Containing a hybrid of shorter, timelier articles, to be published in parallel with legal developments in the field, as well as traditional, lengthier journal articles analyzing larger topics, the Journal will appeal to a broad range of readers.At this stage in development of the Journal, the Editorial Board is seeking content to be submitted for a trial issue that will be circulated exclusively within the School of Law. Alongside a formal proposal, the trial issue will show the faculty and administration the caliber of substance and the high level of scholarship that the Journal will command, and will make our case that the Journal ought to be an officially accredited publication at the School of Law. We aim to publish the trial issue in early Fall 2011.

As this is only a trial issue and will not be formally published, the Editorial Board will not seek the rights to any submitted content. That said, articles will still be subject to rigorous technical and substantive editing, and we will be in contact with the authors each step of the way. As the journal is looking primarily for shorter, timelier pieces at this time, we would love to hear any ideas you may have for a shorter article. If you are at all interested in providing content to the trial issue, the deadline for submitting confirmation of interest and an abstract of the manuscript is March 15th. The draft of the manuscript is due May 15th.

Contact Information:

Rebeka Osborne
Editorial Board, Seattle Journal of American Indian Law
seattlejournalail@gmail.com

http://www.law.seattleu.edu/

Montana v. United States: Pathmarking the Field of Indian Law for Three Decades and Counting

Date(s) of Conference:

March 24-25, 2011

Location:

Isleta Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Albuquerque, NM

Description:

On March 24, 1981, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Montana v. United States, a case that addressed several important issues concerning tribes’ treaty rights, property interests, and sovereign governing authority on Indian reservations. Despite its modest beginnings as a dispute over who controls access to a highly prized trout fishery on the Big Horn River within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Reservation, Montana since has served as juggernaut for a number of unprecedented changes to core doctrines of federal Indian law, all of them detrimental to tribes. The University of New Mexico School of Law and the UNM Indian Law Program will convene a one-and-a-half day symposium–beginning on Thursday, March 24, 2011, thirty years to the day since the case was decided–to engage law professors, jurists, practicing attorneys, tribal leaders, and Indian law students in a wide-ranging reflection on Montana, including how the litigation originated and unfolded, how the case has impacted Indian law doctrines, and what potential pathways lie ahead for tribes and states in view of Montana’s enormous continuing influence.

Contact Information:

Mitzi Vigil
Indian Law Program Administrator
Telephone: (505) 277-0405
Email: vigil@law.unm.edu

http://lawschool.unm.edu/indian/events/montana.php

National Tribal Trial College: Victim Rights In Tribal, State, Federal & CFR Courts

Date(s) of Conference:

January 19-20, 2011

Location:

Albuquerque Marriott
2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Description:

This Southwest Center for Law and Policy, Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice training will provide participants with the skills necessary to advance the rights of Native Victims of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, elder abuse, and abuse of persons with disabilities in a variety of jurisdictions.  All course work is taught by Indian Country legal, advocacy, and criminal justice experts and includes interactive, hands-on skills based training conducted in small group settings. 

Contact Information:

info@swclap.org

http://www.swclap.org/