KU News Release

April 15, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Conference to explore contemporary topics in tribal law and government

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LAWRENCE — Tribal environmental sovereignty, the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, tribal implications for federal securities law and social justice issues will be among the topics discussed at the 15th annual Tribal Law and Government Conference at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Federal Indian law scholars and practitioners from universities, organizations and tribes across the nation will make presentations at the event, scheduled for Thursday, April 21, at the Burge Union. The conference is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is appreciated. To register, go to the conference website.

“This year’s conference features a diversity of topics — from criminal law and procedure to environmental activism to securities law — and emphasizes the broad range of practice areas encountered by lawyers representing tribal governments,” said Stacy Leeds, interim associate dean for academic affairs, professor of law and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center.

The conference was originally scheduled for February but was postponed because of inclement weather. The new agenda includes an afternoon American Indian Probate Workshop.

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the following slate of presentations:

— “Strengthening Indian People and Nations through Healing to Wellness Courts,” Carrie Garrow (St. Regis Mohawk), Syracuse University College of Law
— “Property Rights, the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Development of International Human Rights Law,” Robert Coulter (Citizen Potawatomi), Indian Law Resource Center
— “Global Warming and its Impact on Tribal Wildlife Management in the 21st Century,” Colette Routel, William Mitchell College of Law
— “Illiquid Indians: Discrimination against Tribal Governments in Federal Securities Law,” Gavin Clarkson (Choctaw), University of Houston Law Center
— “The TLOA of 2011: A Critique of the Right to Counsel and Impacts on Access to Justice,” Barbara Creel (Pueblo of Jemez), University of New Mexico School of Law

The afternoon workshop will feature a comprehensive look at the American Indian Probate Reform Act and its implications. Speakers will include Richard Reeh, an administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Interior, as well as Antoinette Houle and Ron Graham of the Bureau of Indian Affairs — Horton Agency; Miranda Carmona of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer; and Vivien Olsen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Six hours of continuing legal education credit in Kansas and Missouri will be offered. Those wishing to receive credit may register at the door and obtain materials; there is no charge.

The conference is sponsored by the KU School of Law, its Tribal Law and Government Center, the National American Indian Court Judges Association and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

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