Michigan Bar Journal Article on the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act

Norika L. Kida Betti and Cameron Ann Fraser have published “Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act at Seven Years” in the November 2019 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Symposium — Panel on History of Property Dispossession

Moderator, Bernadette Atuahene, Beryl Satter, Louise Seamster, Michael Witgen, Mary Kathlene Sickel (symposium editor)

Michigan Journal of Law Reform 2019-2020 Symposium — “Dispossessing Detroit: How the Law Takes Property”

Here:

Law Reform Symposium

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 8 AM – 5 PM 

WHERE: Hutchins Hall (various locations) 

WHAT: The goals of this Symposium are to provide historical and political context for current issues of property dispossession and to consider how governments, private industry, and private citizens can together seek reform. We are excited to bring together voices from law, policy, city government, community organizations, and more to engage the audience on this critical topic! Whether your interests are in tax foreclosure, bankruptcy, or Detroit’s story of dispossession, we hope you will join us. 

RSVP: https://dispossessingdetroitsymposium.com/rsvp-comment/ 

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Strengthen Tribal-State Relations

Here is the Executive Directive.

Press release:

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Strengthen Tribal-State Relations  

EDbuilds upon and strengthens process of tribal consultation 

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. —Today, during a summit of Michigan’s tribal leaders, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2019-17. The executive directive reaffirms and extends Michigan’s commitment to recognize the sovereignty and right of self-governance of Michigan’s federally-recognized Indian tribes and orders each state department and agency to adhere to these principles. 

“As Michiganders, we must ensure that our tribalcommunitiesare treated with dignity and respect,” said Governor Whitmer.“It’s important to me that each tribe has aseat at the table in my administration to contribute their perspectives, and I’m committed to working closely with our tribal leaders to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their communities. 

Executive Directive 2019-17 also details a process of tribal consultation designed to ensure meaningful and mutually beneficial communication and collaboration between these tribes and the departments and agencies on all matters of shared concern. It’s also the firstexecutivedirectivein Michigan history to require training on tribal-state relations for all state department employees who work on matters that have direct implications for tribes. 

Governor Whitmer has shown a deep commitment to ensuring members of Michigan’s federally recognized tribes have a seat at the table in state government. She appointed Wenona Singel, a citizen of Little Traverse Bay Bands, as her advisor on tribal-state affairs, the first tribal citizen to hold this position in Michigan history. 

Tribal members that Governor Whitmer has appointed to Michigan state boards and commissions include Chris Swartz on the UP Energy Task Force, General Counsel Whitney Gravelle on the Michigan Women’s Commission, Natural Resources Department Director Evelyn Ravindran on the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, and Councilor Emily Proctor on the Census Complete Count Committee. 

Governor Whitmer Appoints Whitney Gravelle to Michigan Women’s Commission

Press release here.

“Whitney B. Gravelle, of Brimley, is the tribal attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the former chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Ms. Gravelle is active in the tribal community mentoring indigenous youth through the Boys & Girls Club Tribal Youth Program. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Gravelle is appointed to succeed Nicole DeMarco, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. “