Indian Law-Related Panels at AALS

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 8:30-10:15

Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Columbia 3, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

New Directions for International Law and Indigenous Peoples

(Program to be published in Idaho Law Review)

The United Nations’ adoption of the “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” in September 2007 marked an historic moment for the world’s 300 million indigenous peoples. The Declaration is the first time that the United Nations has formally recognized indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and control over their lands and natural resources. This year’s program will address the following issues related to the Declaration: How can the Declaration be used to improve the lives of indigenous peoples; What national laws and policies violate the Declaration, and what are the most effective remedial measures to address these violations?; and, How will the Declaration influence Congress, the administration and the courts?

Business Meeting at Program Conclusion.

Robert T. Coulter – Speaker
Angelique A. Eaglewoman – Speaker
G. W. Rice – Speaker
Wenona T. Singel – Moderator

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 10:30-12:15

Section on Law and Anthropology
Torrance, South Tower/Level 4, San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

Origins and Solutions to the Indian Freedmen Disputes

In 2006, the Cherokee Nation’s electorate voted to amend the Cherokee tribal constitution to change its membership requirements so as to exclude a number of tribal members who are descendents of the Cherokee Freedmen and who have no American Indian blood quantum. This resulted in a firestorm of national controversy and litigation in tribal and federal courts. The dispute is the latest in a long line of recent disputes involving the Cherokee Nation and other tribes with Black Freedmen tribal members, including Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek tribal nations. This panel will offer a broad variety of legal, historical, civil rights, and anthropological assessments of these disputes.

Business Meeting at Program Conclusion.

Jeannine Bell – Speaker
Matthew L. M. Fletcher – Moderator
Kathryn Fort – Speaker
Kevin N.Maillard – Speaker
Carla Pratt – Speaker
G. W. Rice – Speaker
Sherri N.Thomas  – Speaker