Fletcher on Systemic Racism and the Dispossession of Indigenous Wealth in the United States

I developed a short paper for the Federal Reserve Bank’s series on Racism and the Economy, “Systemic Racism and the Dispossession of Indigenous Wealth in the United States,” posted here.

Here is a video of today’s program. April Youpee-Roll was part of the program, too, and provided important commentary on heirship and federal Indian policy.

Michigan Tribes in the News (10/20/21)

Toward Freedom: Photo Essay: Indigenous Struggle Against Enbridge Lines 3 and 5

UP Matters: Providing “Hope Not Handcuffs” at the Bay Mills Police Department

UP Matters: Bay Mills President Whitney Gravelle shares the impact of intergenerational trauma on addiction

UP Matters: Preventing addiction using a cultural approach in Native communities

Peninsula Press: Indigenous groups demand shut down of Michigan pipeline

Deadline Detroit: Reporting On Indian Boarding School Is Painfully Personal For Michigan Journalist

MLive: Dozens of Michigan schools still use Native American slurs, imagery

Indian Law Issues in the News (10/20/21)

Native News Online: Washington Tribe Waits to Resume Whaling

Tribal Business News: Puyallup Tribe inks deal with Amazon for massive sorting center on tribal land

Tampa Bay Times: Florida officials and Tribe win Round 1 in legal fight over sports betting

Times Standard: Humboldt County supes OK deal between Child Welfare Services, Hoopa Valley Tribe

The Spokesman-Review: Homesteading family’s lasting legacy realized in agreement to return nearly 10,000 acres of habitat to Colville Tribes in conservation deal

NYTs: In Minneapolis, a Thriving Center for Indigenous Art: The eight-block American Indian Cultural Corridor celebrates Native American art and commerce.

Williston Herald: MHA Nation family’s oil spill suit dismissed after discovery sanctions limited damages to $1

Reminder: Upcoming MILS Discussion and Presentation with NYT Best-Selling Author of “Firekeeper’s Daughter”

Michigan Indian Legal Services and Uniting Three Fires Against Violence present a discussion with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Angeline Boulley. The author of Firekeeper’s Daughter will present with special legal guests and discuss the book, domestic violence, and criminal jurisdiction on tribal lands. The discussion will provide an interesting dissection of the relevant topics, along with the book’s unique setting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Audience members are encouraged to bring their questions.

Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 7:00pm ET

Hosted on MILS Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to watch our live event. Just login at https://bit.ly/MichiganIndianLegalServices and you can view with us.

Pre-Registration (optional) here

Free and open to all

Distinguished Panelists include:

Angeline Boulley, Author of Firekeeper’s Daughter

Jeff Davis, of Counsel with Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, former AUSA Western District of Michigan

Hon. Jocelyn K. Fabry, Chief Judge of the Sault Ste. Marie Tirbe of Chippewa Indians Tribal Court

Hon. Melissa L. Pope, Chief Judge of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potowatomi Tribal Court

15th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture

15th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture

Honoring the former UO Law School Dean and Native American Scholar

Tuesday October 26, 2021 at 6:00pm PST:
“Oil and Gas: An Oklahoma Origin Story and McGirt”

The Rennard Strickland Lecture Series was established in 2006 to honor the legacy of Dean Rennard Strickland and to build on his contributions to the field of Indian law and to legal education. The theme of the lecture series is the examination of native leadership and vision for environmental stewardship in the 21st century. This year’s speaker will be

Professor Stacy Leeds.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM PST
Free and open to the public through Zoom

Indian Law Issues in the News (10/19/2021)

Lansing State Journal: Anishinaabemowin class aims to save Michigan’s first language

NPR: The National Park Service could soon have its first Native American director

Charles F. Sams III

HCN: How tribal leaders want Chuck Sams to lead the Park Service: The Umatilla leader would be the first Native person in charge of the agency, which has a thorny history with tribes

WaPo: The nomination of Chuck Sams to lead the Park Service is already changing history

Casino.org: US Supreme Court to Hear Texas Tribal Gaming Case, Could Impact Claims in Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts

Times Higher Education: US universities ponder massive debt to Native Americans: In year since land-grant institutions learned they were funded by theft, serious conversations have barely begun

SCOTUSblog: Court adds two cases on Native American law and issues two opinions granting police officers qualified immunity

KLCC: Ancient Native American forest practices demonstrated in burn near Eugene

Green Entrepreneur: Native Americans Jump Way Ahead in Selling Legal Cannabis

Federal Court Dismisses Fort Peck Tribe from Suit over Wildfire at Turtle Mound Buffalo Ranch 

Here are the materials in Treasure v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (D. Mont.):

1 Complaint

11 Fort Peck Tribe Motion to Dismiss

18 Response

19 Reply

35 DCT Order

Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program at Texas A&M

For those committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession, Texas A&M University School of Law announces the Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program at Texas A&M University School of Law.

The ACES program is a two-year fellowship designed to help early career legal scholars get the training and mentoring necessary to become successful members of the legal academy. Funded by Texas A&M’s Office of the Provost and administered by the University’s Office for Diversity, the fellowship is designed to help early career scholars who are strongly committed to diversity.

The position has a light teaching load (one class per year) to enable the Fellow to focus on advancing their research agenda, scholarship (including at least one published article), and other necessary skills in anticipation of seeking a tenure-track, faculty position on the law school teaching market. Faculty are committed to providing the mentoring necessary to help the Fellow to succeed on the legal academic job market and in the legal academy.


–24-month term, starting between July 1- August 10, 2022. 

–Teach one class per year

–$60,000 annual salary plus benefits

–$4,500 annual travel and development fund

–Reimbursement of moving expenses

–Eligibility:  Must have earned JD or PhD degree between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2022

–Applications are due by February 1, 2022; more information about the position (including application information) is here.

Thomas MitchellBrendan Maher, and Huyen Pham are on the appointments committee for this fellowship.  Please feel free to reach out to any of them with questions.