Columbia Law School Indigenous Peoples Working Conference

Identity and Implementation: The Next Ten Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Walter Echohawk, lunchtime keynote speaker

Saturday, November 4, 2017 

Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street, New York City

Northeast Regional Peacemaking Training

The National American Indian Court Judges Association, the Native American Rights Fund, and Columbia Law School offer this training that reviews foundational principles of peacemaking, peace circles, and traditional dispute resolution. While justice practitioners have been focusing on how indigenous peacemaking can help state and federal courts, this training brings the focus back to indigenous and tribal principles of peacemaking and how tribes are using and can use these methods in their own communities. One full day will be devoted to experiential training with peacemakers and notable faculty from across Indian Country.
Registration and more information available here

Conference on ICWA, Competent Jurisdiction, and Peacemaking, July 29-31 in Albuquerque

A conference will be held July 29-31, 2015 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Day one will be devoted to discussing ICWA, its original intent, and current court cases around the country that have impacted ICWA compliance.

Day two is focused on the term “competent jurisdiction” and how it has been interpreted. Participants will discuss ways that tribes can help educate parties in the legal system to understand cultural and sovereign rights.

Day three will explore the potential for implementing peacemaking in tribal legal systems, particularly in the context of children in need of care.

Full agenda here: Agenda For July 2015 ABQ.

Videos Available from Indigenous Peacemaking Training

The NARF Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative held a training in Catoosa, Oklahoma on October 6-7, 2014. NARF partnered with NAICJA and Columbia Law School for this training and is working on organizing future Peacemaking events.

Videos of the training are now available here.

National NALSA Press Release on 2015 Alternative Spring Break Program

From here:

I am proud to announce the 2015 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program projects that have been selected to receive an award. The National Native American Law Student Association Executive Board has chosen a project from Columbia Law School and the University of Michigan Law School! Columbia Law School will be working with Anishinabe Legal Services on three reservations in northwestern Minnesota to assist indigent program clients with civil needs, including a strong emphasis on domestic violence. Michigan Law School will be travelling to the Navajo Nation to work with DNA Legal Services to gain legal and practical skills, while also learning about Navajo life in Window Rock, Arizona. NNALSA has budgeted $1,000 for this year’s program, and each school will receive an award of $500! NNALSA would also like to recognize all program applicants for the high quality projects that were submitted. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

In other news, Alex Kitson has made the difficult decision to resign from her duties as the Public Relations Director of NNALSA. On behalf of the Board of NNALSA, I would like to thank Alex for her time and commitment at helping NNALSA achieve its goals by helping to spread the word through numerous media outlets. Alex, you will be missed and good luck in all of your future endeavors.

The Executive Board took a vote and appointed P. Nelson Lambert to the PR Director position.  Nelson entered NNALSA as the Area 5 representative. Because the Board appointed him to PR Director Area 5 is now vacant and we are looking to fill the position. If any member is interested in representing Area 5 please send an interest statement to

Be sure to keep a look out for future announcements because NNALSA has some wonderful events and opportunities coming up! Events such as the National Moot Court Competition at the University of Arizona, and “Fed-Bar” where the new future board members of NNALSA will be elected and where the best 1L, 2L, 3L, and Chapter of the Year awards will be given. I hope everyone is excited about the future of NNALSA, and the positive future we are trying to achieve for Indian Country.

Nelson Lambert

J.D. Candidate, 2016

Charlotte School of Law

National NALSA Public Relations Director