11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture January 25

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is pleased to present the:

11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture

Struggles in Federal Indian Law: Alaska Native Rights and the Katie John Litigation CLE

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. 
W. P. Carey Armstrong Great Hall
Beus Center for Law and Society
111 E. Taylor St. , Phoenix, AZ 85004

Guest Lecturer:
Robert T. Anderson
Director, Native American Law Center, University of Washington
Professor of Law, University of Washington
Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

More on the Keystone Spill

200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline: The leak comes just four days before TransCanada faces an important vote.” [The Atlantic]

And a message for the Nebraska Public Service Commission: “Keystone XL Needs Much Higher Oil Prices To Be Viable.”

Indian Law Week and Summer Indian Law Courses at University of Montana School of Law

Download: 2017 Indian Law Week Poster

Link: Summer American Indian & Indigenous Law, previous post

Law students, grad students, attorneys, tribal leaders:

JOIN US for the Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program here at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula. We are once again offering a unique slate of courses (for which we have also requested CLE credit) taught by some of the preeminent scholars and practitioners in our field. Topics include:

  • June 5-9: Indian Law Research, Stacey Gordon
  • June 12-16: Mastering American Indian Law, Maylinn Smith
  • June 19-23: Tribal Business Law, Matthew Fletcher
  • June 26-30: Environmental Justice in Indian Country, Wenona Singel
  • July 10-14: Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, Kevin Washburn
  • July 17-21: Good Native Governance, Angela Riley
  • July 24-28: Sacred Sites and Religious Freedom, Hillary Hoffmann
  • July 31- August 4: Indian Child Welfare Act & Indian Civil Rights, Stephen Pevar
  • August 7-11: Taxation and Finance in Indian Country, Rob Roy Smith

The program is a great opportunity for students, attorneys, and tribal leaders to gain or feed a passion for Indian law by engaging with other outstanding students and professors in a beautiful and scenic location. Please have them check out the brochure or our website: www.umt.edu/indianlaw. Also, please feel free to post the brochure at your institution and pass the website and brochure along to others who may be interested in this opportunity to spend a few weeks this summer learning with us here in Missoula.

Guest Post — Ray Martin on the AEI Panel with Rep. Bishop and Naomi Riley

On January 30th, 2017 the American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion entitled,  How federal policy affects Native Americans: Naomi Schafer Riley on her book, ‘The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians.’ A video of the panel can be found here. On the panel with Naomi Schafer Riley (NSR) were Congressman Rob Bishop R-Utah, the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee which oversees Indian Affairs in the House of Representatives, Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute, and Keith Moore a former director of the Bureau of Indian Education.

The panel began with a talk from NSR regarding her book The New Trail of Tears (TNToT). The book has already been discussed at length here on Turtle Talk, Professor Fletcher’s commentary can be found here. The discussion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) was disheartening and alarming. NSR began by attacking the community at Pine Ridge for its poor retention of teachers, and went onto blast a former principal of a school for firing all of the Teach for America (TFA) teachers at that school because they “were too white.” While this may have once been true it is simply not the case anymore. What NSR fails to mention is that several of the Tribes in South Dakota have partnered with TFA to bring TFA to Indian reservations in South Dakota. For example in 2015, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe formed a partnership with TFA to recruit tribal members to become teachers in reservation schools. In 2013, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe passed a resolution supporting TFA and its efforts on their reservation; this followed a similar resolution passed by the Ogalala Sioux Tribal Council as well, supporting TFA’s efforts on Pine Ridge. Just over a year ago, the Rapid City Journal documented the ongoing relationship between TFA on Rosebud and Standing Rock, as well as at the Red Cloud Indian School on Pine Ridge.  Rather than giving her audience all of the information regarding the decisions that Tribal leaders are making to support the development of their youth, NSR retreats to portraying reservations as bleak and hopeless places where no child has a chance at receiving a decent education. Her claim that Tribes in South Dakota are unable or unwilling to partner with organizations like TFA does not stand on its merits, and is likely confined to the one incident in her talk, in which she cites an unnamed source. Continue reading