2013 Indigenous Law Conference: Nd’Nakweshkodaadimin: A Gathering of Anishinaabe Scholars

October 24-25, 2013

10th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Nd’Nakweshkodaadimin: A Gathering of Anishinaabe Scholars

Michigan State University College of Law

Registration here.

Tentative Schedule

(all events in Castle Board Room, 3rd floor, Michigan State University College of Law)


8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast

8:40 amWelcome

Dean Howarth

9:00 am – Keynote Speaker

Hon. Leo Brisbois, Federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

10:30 am – Anishinaabeg Noongwa (The Anishinaabe People Today)

Hon. Michael Petoskey, Chief Judge, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians — The Role of Tribal Justice Systems in Maintaining Our Distinctive Anishinaabe Culture

Hon. John Wabaunsee, Chief Justice, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Supreme Court — Public Defender Services in Tribal Courts

Scott Lyons, University of Michigan — Anishinaabe Transnationalism: The Case of George Copway

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Ezhi-inaakonigeyin (How We Decide)

Sharon Avery, Associate General Counsel, Saginaw Chippewa Tribe — Research of Pre-Allotment Era in Isabella County, Michigan

Heidi Stark, University of Victoria — Inheriting the Earth: Rethinking Treaty Responsibilities

Jill Doerfler, University of Minnesota, Duluth — “Making Ourselves Whole with Words”: Constitutional Reform Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg, 2007-present

Aimee Craft, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba — Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinaabe Understanding of Treaty One

2:45 pm – Niijaanisag G’ganawenimaanaanig  (We Care for the Children)

Anita Fineday, Managing Director, Indian Child Welfare Program, Casey Family Programs — A Perspective on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Hon. Allie Maldonado, Chief Judge, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court — Drug Courts in Indian Country: Offering a Hand Instead of a Hammer

Cherie Dominic, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Legal Department — Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians New Office of Citizens Legal Assistance

Hon. Monique Vondall, Appellate Justice, Turtle Mountain Court of Appeals — Tribal Court Perspective: Change is Hard, but Possible with Perseverance: A Case Study of Robert


9:00 am – Breakfast

9:30 am – Aki G’ganawendami (We Care for the Earth)

Nick Reo, Dartmouth — Principles and Strategies for Meaningful, Indigenous Participation in Cooperative Environmental Governance

Darcie Houck, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan, LLP — Indigenous Communities, Climate Ethics, and the Protection of Existence

Kyle Whyte, Michigan State University — Anishinaabe and Climate Change: Philosophical Questions

10:45 am – Ezhi-Maamwi-Bimaadiziying (How We Live Together)

Heather Howard, Michigan State University — Anishinaabe Collaborative Community-Driven Research: Possibilities and Challenges in University Partnerships

Victoria Sweet, Michigan State University College of Law — Rising Waters, Rising Threats: Human Trafficking and Other Gender-Related Crimes in the Circumpolar Region of the United States and Canada

Elizabeth Warner, University of Kansas — Energy Development in Indian Country: Potential Opportunities and Pitfalls

12:00 pm – Lunch

Meet and Greet with Keesic Douglas

1:15 pm – Ezhi-Dibaajimoying Noongwa (How We Tell Stories Now)

Meg Noodin, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee — A History of Learning Anishinaabemowin in Prayer, Practice, and Poetry

Janis Fairbanks, Michigan State University — A Brief Description of How Oral History Represents Indigenous Epistemology

Paul Raphael, Cultural Mentor and Peace Maker

Dylan Miner, Michigan State University — From Indians to Halfbreeds (and Back to Indians)

2:45 pm – Conclusion

Frank Ettawageshik (invited) and Matthew Fletcher

7 thoughts on “2013 Indigenous Law Conference: Nd’Nakweshkodaadimin: A Gathering of Anishinaabe Scholars

  1. ilpc October 5, 2013 / 10:05 am

    Please come and join us.

  2. Jenyen Ziibiins October 21, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    I would truly enjoy to attend and hear the many facets of the Indigenous Conference. Miigwetch

  3. Jim Sumbler October 21, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    This year’s conference sounds outstanding! I like seeing the session titles
    in Anishinaabemowin.

  4. ilpc October 21, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    Thanks, Jim.

  5. sebigbow November 4, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    Thank you, learning about sovereign enterprise on family BigBow land called “Native Okla. LPG” a Kiowa Tribal member propane interprise approved and License by Kiowa Tax Commission Authority I have invest all my 401K monies into this sovereign enterprise also our family constructed (2) 30,000 gallon storage tanks with equipment (most stolden) sent 1995-2013 cannot get NIGC casino to support this much need propane enterprise in Indian country..as you know US Banks, USA gov agency will not support THIS ENTERPRISE we ask ” “Idle no more” “Time for Change” “no smoke shops & casino”..as our Presdent say We are a sovereign Nation.Thank you! Jimmy G. Horse A Full Blood KIOWA-918-902-9228..hope to hear from you!.

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