Reminder: AALS Indian Nations & Indigenous Peoples Call for Papers on Same-Sex Marriage & LGBT Families

The deadline is coming up 9/1. Please submit if you have a qualifying research project and also feel free to share widely:

The Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) invites paper proposals on the following topic. How do Indian Tribes, First Nations, and other Indigenous Peoples regulate same-sex marriage, same-sex relationships, and adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples and LGBT individuals? What role does evidence of Tribal culture and tradition, if any, play in these decisions? Additionally, what are the processes by which Tribes change their laws with respect to same-sex relationships? More broadly, we are interested in the ways in which Tribes, First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples regulate sexuality and family structure.

Please send proposals of 500 to 1000 words summarizing a paper or work-in-progress you would present on an AALS panel on these issues. The selected panelists will be invited to present their work in a joint program of the Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples and the Law and Anthropology Section, which will be co-sponsored by the Family Law Section. The Program will be held at the AALS Annual Meeting, January 6-10, 2016. Selected papers will be published in the William Mitchell Law Review. Please submit your proposal on or before September 1, 2015 to Michalyn Steele, Chair-Elect, at Questions can also be directed to Ann Tweedy, Chair.

AALS Bridge Program on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl:  At the Intersection of Family Law, Indian Law, and Civil Rights

On June 15, 2013, the Supreme Court decided Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, its first case on the Indian Child Welfare Act in 24 years.   The case raises conflicting visions of child welfare, race, adoption, fatherhood, and the status of Indian tribes.   The 5-4 decision turns on divided views of the statute, with a controlling interpretation that may decimate the rights of birth fathers in ICWA cases and even the scope of ICWA itself.  Conflicting amicus briefs from the National Council for Adoption (the trade group for private adoption agencies) and the 18 leading child welfare organizations in the country raise equally divided questions of the connection between the law and the best interests of children.  Finally, with claims by the adoptive couple and their amici of race-matching and equal protection concerns, and claims by the birth father and Indian tribes of an adoption industry illegally preying on Indian children, perspectives on the role of race in adoptions and even the constitutional status of Indian tribes are placed in conflict as well.   This panel explores these questions with scholars of federal Indian law, family law, constitutional law, and critical race theory.

Kathryn Fort  (Michigan State University-College of Law)
Solangel Maldonado (Seton Hall Law School)
Gerald Torres (University of Texas Law School; Visiting Cornell Law School)
Bethany Berger (University of Connecticut School of Law)

Thanks to Bethany for sending this along.

Podcast on UN Declaration Panel at AALS

Here is the podcast for the Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples panel on the UN declaration at AALS.

Speakers included:

Coulter Robert T. – Speaker

Angelique Eaglewoman – Speaker

G.W. Rice – Speaker

Wenona Singel – Moderator

Podcast on Indian Freedmen Panel at AALS

The podcast is here. Speakers included:

Bell Jeannine – Speaker

Kathryn Fort – Speaker

Kevin Maillard – Speaker

Carla Pratt – Speaker

G.W. Rice – Speaker

Sherri N. Thomas — Speaker

Matthew L.M. Fletcher — moderator

Indian Law-Related Panels at AALS

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 8:30-10:15

Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Columbia 3, North Tower/Lobby Level, San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

New Directions for International Law and Indigenous Peoples

(Program to be published in Idaho Law Review)

The United Nations’ adoption of the “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” in September 2007 marked an historic moment for the world’s 300 million indigenous peoples. The Declaration is the first time that the United Nations has formally recognized indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and control over their lands and natural resources. This year’s program will address the following issues related to the Declaration: How can the Declaration be used to improve the lives of indigenous peoples; What national laws and policies violate the Declaration, and what are the most effective remedial measures to address these violations?; and, How will the Declaration influence Congress, the administration and the courts?

Business Meeting at Program Conclusion.

Robert T. Coulter – Speaker
Angelique A. Eaglewoman – Speaker
G. W. Rice – Speaker
Wenona T. Singel – Moderator

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MSU Law College Reception at AALS

Dean Joan Howarth and the Faculty of Michigan State University College of Law (and us at the MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center) cordially invite you to a Friends Reception during the 2009 AALS Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Leucadia, South Tower, Level 1, San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

Please RSVP to Lori at: or 517/432-6993

We hope you can join us!

AALS Annual Meeting in Manhattan — Indian Law Related Panels

The 2008 AALS Annual Meeting starts today. Here is the speaker listing for the two (mainly) Indian Law panels. Both are Saturday afternoon:

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Michigan State Law Review Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

The editors of the Michigan State Law Review have asked that I forward to you the following call for papers:

The Michigan State Law Review is requesting submissions for its spring symposium issue on the topic of Labor and Employment Laws in Indian Country, in conjunction with the Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples program during the American Association of Law Schools’ Annual Meeting in New York City on January 5, 2008. The Law Review is requesting submissions from both the Indian Nations/tribal law perspective, and from employers’ perspectives. We welcome papers on the effects of state and federal labor regulations on tribal employers and employees, as well as papers on other topics relating to the interplay of labor and employment law and Indian Nations. The issue is scheduled to be published in May 2008. We ask that you submit your papers by February 15, 2008. We invite any conference participants or invitees to submit papers, but we welcome papers from those unable to attend the conference as well. Please email your manuscripts or any questions to Emma Haas, Michigan State Law Review Senior Articles Editor, at Thank you for your interest.


Wenona Singel