A.C.S. Panel — Founding Failures: Indian Country’s Sovereignty and Subordination (9/17 @ 2:30 eastern)

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September 17, 2021

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Eastern Time

Founding Failures: Indian Country’s Sovereignty and Subordination

Zoom Webinar


Since its founding, the United States government has created and then abrogated treaties with tribal nations, taken tribal land, and pushed policies aimed at stripping indigenous communities of their language and culture. On a day that we celebrate the ratification of our founding document, it is important to remember and better understand the extent to which the U.S. Constitution specifically addresses tribal sovereignty and the ways in which the U.S. government, often enabled by the federal judiciary, has too often blithely violated that sovereignty and harmed the citizens of tribal nations. 

Join ACS as we explore the unique impact our constitutional “founding failures” had for Native Americans, the ways in which that legacy differs from other marginalized populations excluded from the original constitutional bargain, and the lessons we can learn to move forward in redressing the harms the United States has committed against tribal nations and their people.

Welcome Remarks:

Russ Feingold, President, ACS

Feature Speakers:

Ambassador Keith Harper, Partner, Jenner & Block, Moderator

Chase Iron Eyes, Lead Counsel, Lakota People’s Law Project

Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Foundation Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Elizabeth Reese, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School

Addie Rolnick, San Manuel Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

The American Constitution Society is a State Bar of California approved provider. This event has been approved for 1.5 hours of California CLE credit. 

Please click here for the Reading MaterialsEvaluation FormRecord of Attendance, and Certificate of Attendance.

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