ABA: Free Juneteenth Webinar

Date: Today, June 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Format: Free non-CLE Webinar
Joint Sponsors: ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law


  • Judy Perry Martinez (Welcome Remarks) – President, American Bar Association; Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
  • Paulette Brown (Moderator) – Past President, American Bar Association; Senior Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Locke Lord LLP
  • James O. Goodwin – Attorney, Goodwin & Goodwin; Publisher, The Oklahoma Eagle
  • Dr. Karlos Hill – Department Chair and Associate Professor, African and African-American Studies, University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. Martha S. Jones – Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
  • Calvin Schermerhorn – Professor of History, Arizona State University

Known as “Juneteenth,” June 19th commemorates the day that enslaved persons in Galveston, Texas, were notified about the Emancipation Proclamation–almost two and a half years after it was issued. They walked away from bondage in what is known as the “Second Independence Day.” This day has been celebrated for years since, and is recognized as a holiday in 47 of the 50 states.

While free in name, formerly enslaved Black people would be impacted by sharecropping and other systems and policies that sought to keep them in bondage and indebted. Many were terrorized when they attempted to leave plantations, including during and after Reconstruction.

Today, we see vestiges of slavery in the criminalization of Black people, in domestic terrorism, and in the deprivation of civil rights of Black people.

This webinar will feature speakers who will discuss Juneteenth, including its historical significance and its connection to racial inequities that we are witnessing in society today. They will discuss the potential of law and public policy to help Black people realize true freedom in this society.

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NAICJA Webiner – McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court Oral Arguments: An analysis of the History, Law, and Arguments of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation Case

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Date & Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 12:30 pm-2:00 PM MST (90) minutes.

Webinar Narrative: The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on May 11, 2020 in McGirt v. Oklahoma, case #18-9526 (by telephone) involving the status of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation. Last year, the Court heard arguments on a nearly identical case in the Murphy matter. This decision could have enormous impact for Indian law, positive or negative. Come join us for a FREE webinar to hear tribal perspective as to the surrounding Muscogee cultural history, the jurisprudence of Indian lands in Oklahoma and thoughts and analysis of the oral arguments from the Muscogee Nation’s Supreme Court amicus brief advocate Riyaz Kanji.

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7CZVYSf8QMSxDtxHftI-Tg


Consultation Webinar Announcement

Defending Tribal Sovereignty: The Ongoing Battle Over “Meaningful Consultation” and Self-Governance Over Natural and Cultural Resources

May 23, 2018

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

Non-CLE Webinar


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The Dakota Access Pipeline, Bears Ears National Monument, de-listing of the gray wolf and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear, and the Bureau of Land Management’s rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on Federal and Indian land. These high-profile courtroom dramas are about more than the protection and use of natural resources: they encapsulate the ongoing struggle between tribes and federal agencies over the government’s obligation as trustee to engage in “meaningful consultation” about actions impacting Indian Country. These developments are just the latest in a centuries-long debate about the meaning of tribal sovereignty, and they offer an indigenous perspective into the promise of true environmental justice.

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NCAI Webinar: Tribal Leasing and Self-Governance Under the HEARTH Act

Please register for Tribal Leasing and Self-Governance Under the HEARTH Act on Dec 07, 2017 3:00 PM EST at:


The Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act was enacted by Congress in 2012 and provides tribal nations the flexibility to manage their own leases on tribal trust lands. In order to exercise this leasing authority, Tribes must first develop their own leasing regulations, consistent with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regulations at 25 C.F.R. Part 162, and have them approved by the Secretary of the Interior. Once the leasing regulations have been approved, the Tribe is able to negotiate and enter into leases of tribal trust land without further BIA approval.


  • Cynthia Morales, Trust Services Director, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Matthew Carriaga, Realty Director, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Jody Cummings, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Moderator – Jacob Schellinger, NCAI Staff Attorney & Legislative Counsel

This informative webinar will discuss tribal leasing and self-governance under the HEARTH Act.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NCJFCJ & NAICJA Webinar on Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience of Addiction

Link: Registration

Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience of Addiction: Understanding the Brain Science
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at
12 pm PT / 1 pm MT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET (90 minutes)

Do you work with substance users and sometimes find their behavior frustrating or difficult to understand? Join us for our next FREE webinar on Neuropharmacology to understand some of the reasons behind this behavior!

​Understanding both psychopharmacology and addiction is very important for professionals who work with people struggling with substance abuse. Working with addicts can be be difficult, because addicts may behave in ways that are are difficult for non-addicts to understand. This webinar will discuss the effects of drugs on the brain, why relapse is common, and the science behind the disease of addiction. In addition, the presentation will discuss the specific challenges that tribal communities face when working with this population.


  • Ansley Sherman (Muscogee Creek), Program Attorney, National American Indian Court Judges Association

Faculty Presenter:

  • ​Honorable Kim McGinnis, PhD., Esq., Chief Judge, Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court

Newly Posted Tribal Justice Recorded Webinars: Healing to Wellness, Trauma Informed Justice Systems, and Peace Circles

The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) have joined together to develop a free tribal justice webinar series! Working closely with partners, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) on the Healing to Wellness webinars and the Native American Rights Fund’s Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (IPI) for the Peace Circles webinar. See naicja.org for more information on upcoming training and the NAICJA National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference.

Tribal Justice Webinar – Planning a Healing to Wellness Court: Inspiration and Vision (8/22/17)

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts bring together community-healing resources with the tribal justice process, using a team approach to achieve the physical and spiritual healing of the participant and the well-being of the community. This webinar will walk participants through the visioning and foundation planning process to begin the development and implementation of a Healing to Wellness Court. Focus will be given to the key partners needed, as well as primary components that should eventually be reflected in your policies and procedures. You’ll hear firsthand from seasoned tribal judges who will share reflections, tips, and lessons learned about their experience with developing their own Healing to Wellness Court.

Tribal Justice Webinar – Trauma-Informed Court Systems: A Webinar for Tribal Communities (7/27/17)

Research continues to clarify how traumatic experiences negatively impact the way traumatized people interact with the world. When an individual becomes court-involved it is highly likely that they have experienced some level of trauma. If the court system is not trauma-informed they can be re-traumatized, often triggering harmful reactions. Tribal communities have the challenge of addressing the traumatic experiences of individuals while at the same time dealing with the after effects of historical and intergenerational traumatic patterns that have affected entire communities. However, tribes also have strengths found in their traditional teachings that provide inspiration for strategies to address trauma in all its forms. This webinar will explain what is meant by the phrase trauma-informed courts, provide data about challenges facing tribes around the country, discuss how trauma looks in the court setting, and then provide practical ideas about how to incorporate both traditional values and research-based strategies to make tribal court systems not only trauma-informed but trauma-responsive.

Tribal Justice Webinar – Healing to Wellness Courts Key Components and Standards (5/25/17)

The Tribal Key Components form the foundation of all tribal drug courts. The Adult Drug Court Standards represent the latest research-based best practices for what works within the drug court setting. Applicants for Wellness Court federal funding are now being asked to abide by both documents. This webinar overviews both the key components and the Standards, and discuss how they inter-relate. This webinar is designed for those less familiar with the Wellness Court model and those seeking to use these documents to apply for federal funding and/or integrate into their own Wellness Court.

Tribal Justice Webinar – Peace Circles: A Virtual Circle on Peacemaking (4/26/17)

Peacemaking is not alternative dispute resolution to Native communities – it is the original, traditional way our communities managed to work through disputes for centuries before tribal courts were created. Because of natural limitations inherent in tribal courts, there is increasing interest in the continuation and revitalization of those traditional ways.

This webinar explains how tribal traditions may hold a solution to some problems that have proven especially difficult in tribal court, provide some examples of how other tribes have had success, and explain how this movement is part of a bigger picture, even internationally, of how indigenous communities are using their own wisdom to solve their problems. Speakers include well known and seasoned Peacemakers including NARF Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative staff and advisory committee members.