Fall 2007 Indigenous Law Conference

The MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center hosted its 4th annual Indigenous Law Conference, called “American Indian Law and Literature.


OCTOBER 18, 19 & 20, 2007

“American Indian Law and Literature”

Indigenous Law and Policy Center

Michigan State University College of Law

Castle Board Room


Thursday, October 18, 2007

7:00-9:00 p.m. Nokomis Cultural Center Welcome Reception

Seeds Harvest

Friday, October 19, 2007

7:30-8:30 a.m. Late Registration

8:30-8:40 a.m. Opening: Asiniins Singers

8:40-9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9:00-10:30 a.m. Prof. Kristen Carpenter

“The Actual State of Things’: American Indian Legal Fictions and Truths” — Carpenter Abstract

Prof. Renee Knake

How Lawyers Resolve Ethical Dilemmas: A Study of James Welch’s The Indian Lawyer” — Knake Abstract

Prof. Wenona Singel

“Rebellious Judging:Narratives of Trusteeship in Federal and Tribal Courts” — Singel Abstract

Moderator: Bryan Newland

First Panel

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-12:15 p.m. Prof. Margaret Montoya & Prof. Christine Zuni Cruz

Coffee with CZC & MM

“Narrative Braids: Performing Racial Literacy” Montoya & Zuni Cruz Abstract

Prof. Larry Cata Backer

“Nostalgia Written in Blood: The Noble Savage and Latin American Political Identity.” — Cata Backer Abstract

Prof. Jo Carrillo

“Legal Culture, Communicative Circuits and Symbols.”

Moderator: Kate Fort

Coffee with WS & BD

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m. Prof. Richard Delgado & Prof. Jean Stefancic


Prof. Carla Pratt

“The construction of Indian Identity As An Africanless Identity in Indian Law and Literature.”

Prof. Frank Pommersheim

“Poetry and Law: What is the relationship exactly?” — Pommersheim Abstract

Moderator: Kevin Saunders

3:00-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-5:00 p.m. Prof. Gordon Henry

“Trying Skins: Courtroom Scenes in American Indian Fiction.”

Prof. Matthew Fletcher

“Red Leaves and the Dirty Ground: The Cannibalism of Law and Economics” — Draft Paper

Prof. Sonia Katyal

“Iconic Intersectionality” — Katyal Abstract

Moderator: John Petoskey

Second Panel

6:00 p.m. Dinner

(Blessing by Raymond Kiogima)

7:00 p.m. Keynote: Chairman Frank Ettawageshik

(Opening poetry reading by Prof. Frank Pommersheim)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

9:00-10:30 a.m. Mr. Raymond Kiogima

Mr. Larry Plamondon — Plamondon Abstract

Hon. JoAnne Gasco — Gasco Abstract

Prof. Margaret Noori

“Kinship as Action: Anishinaabe Relationships from a Linguistic Perspective” — Noori Abstract

Moderator: Wenona Singel

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

Coffee with EP KF & AK

10:45-12:15 p.m. Prof. Bruce Duthu

“Bear Narratives: Blending Cultural and Legal Voices in Defense of the Bear” — Duthu Abstract

Prof. Melissa Tatum

“The Role of Narrative in Defining Cultural Property” — Tatum Abstract

Ms. Kirsten Carlson

“Unresolved Disputes: Narratives in the Transformation and Processing of Persistent Claims” — Draft Paper

Moderator: Matthew Fletcher

12:15-12:30 p.m. Break

12:30-2:00 p.m. Prof. David Carlson

“The Pragmatics of Literary Nationalism” — David Carlson Abstract

Prof. Amelia Katanski

“Writing the Living Law: American Indian Literature as Legal Narrative.” — Katanski Abstract

Dr. Jennifer Camden & Ms. Kate Fort

“Cooper’s The Pioneers & Johnson v. M’Intosh: Legal Fictions of 1823” — Camden & Fort Abstract

Mr. Stuart Rieke & Ms. Monique Vondall-Rieke

“Perceptions of Restorative Justice: A Winter’s Tale, A Jury of Her Peers, and Shamengwa” — Abstract

Moderator: Zeke Fletcher

2:00-2:10 p.m. Closing: Asiniis Singers

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