Two Events at Seattle U. Law School — Storytelling (Feb. 26) and ICWA (March 6)

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Wednesday, February 26

7 pm- doors open

7:30 pm- performance

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium

Storytelling of the Northwest Coast

Join us at Seattle University for an evening of oral and visual storytelling. The evening will feature storyteller Roger Fernandes, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Nation, and a performance by the internationally renowned Git-hoan (People of the Salmon) Native Dance Group.

Roger Fernandes was born and raised in the Seattle area and studied Art at the University of Washington. His stories and artwork reflect the culture and beliefs of the Salish tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The Git-Hoan Dancers (People of the Salmon) represent a culture of Alaskan Native people, the Tsimshian Tribe from Metlakatla, Alaska.

David Boxley, nationally renowned carver and culture bearer formed the Git-Hoan Dancers in his efforts to revive, practice and share the Tsimshian way of life that was once forbidden. The group shares legends and stories through song and dance while showcasing the magnificence and creativity of our art, demonstrating a variety of articulated & carved masks, headdresses, drums, rattles and much more.

The group has a reputation of high energy, enthusiastic and spirit filled and has entertained, educated and thrilled thousands of audiences on the rich “living” culture of our people throughout the world.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 through the following:

Click: Brown Paper Tickets

SU’s Campus Assistance Center (CAC)

At the door

Sponsored by the Chief Seattle Club, Mission and Ministry, the English Department, the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Indian Law & Policy, and the American Indian Law Journal, the Native American Law Students Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the First Nations Club.

Thursday, March 6

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

The American Indian Law Journal Presents a Spring Panel

reconciling Interests: A Focus on The Indian Child Welfare Act Beyond “Baby Veronica”

The “Baby Veronica Case” or Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl was a highly publicized dispute involving an Indian child caught in between the emotional and legal battles of the Cherokee Nation against non-Indian adoptive parents. Moreover, it highlighted the polarizing debates about social policies underlying the Indian Child Welfare Act, the purpose of which was to reverse the separation of Indian children from their families, and restore tribal authority over the welfare of Indian children. Join us for a panel discussion on this Supreme Court case, the future of ICWA beyond Baby Veronica, and if the competing interests of tribes, the government, and Indian and non-Indian parents are reconcilable.


Judge Richard Okrent, Snohomish Superior Ct.

David Babcock, Squaxin Island

Craig Dorsay, Dorsay & Easton LLP


Lisa Atkinson, Law Office of Lisa L. Atkinson, PLLC

Reception to Follow

Click: RSVP by Feb. 24th