Update: New Mexico Annual Indian Law Section CLE (DATE CHANGED!)

The Indian Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar is hosting its annual CLE on Monday, December 10 from 9am to 12:15pm. The Indian Law Section’s annual program will focus on topics that will help the Indian law practitioner on a daily basis. This program will include updates on legal developments in 2018, covering case law, statutes, regulations and executive actions. The program will also include a presentation on effective legal writing strategies and tips and cover legal ethics involved in practicing Indian law. To register, please click here.

Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section CLE


WHO: Indian Law Section

WHAT: Indian Law Section CLE: Justice in Indian Country

WHY: Join your colleagues for a full day CLE event with nationally recognized
Indian law practitioners and academics participating in panel discussions on a
range of timely and relevant topics. Explore some of today’s developments in
tribal courts, both civil and criminal.

Seminar topics include:

  • Trends in tribal courts
  • Negotiating contracts with tribes and tribal entities
  • Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Arrest and investigation authority
  • Criminal issues in tribal courts
  • Reconciling policies across jurisdictional line and minding the
    jurisdictional gaps

Click here for a brochure and full agenda.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Ronde Community Center, Grand Ronde
For accommodations at Spirit Mountain Lodge please call (800) 760-7977.

This CLE will also be available live online via web stream. To access the web
stream, please register online and then send an email to Patrick Sullivan at
psullivan@dickinsonwright.com to request streaming instructions.

CLE Credits (pending): 6.5 General

COST: $50 (includes lunch)

Click here to register online now. For personal assistance, please call the OSB
CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413 or toll-free at (800) 452-8260, ext. 413.

FBA Indian Law Section Members, Nominations are open for the Baca Lifteime Achievement Award

If you’re not a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section, there’s still time to join. Here is the notice from Lawrence Baca, Chair of the Nominations Committee:

Dear Indian Law Section Members:

Please consider nominating someone for the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award. Past recipients of the Baca Lifetime Achievement Award include Lawrence Baca, Professor Phil Frickey, John Echohawk, Professor David Getches, Alan Taradash, Professor Carole E. Goldberg and Tom Fredericks.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 6, 2015. Please submit nominations to the Chairman of the Nominations and Awards Committee, Lawrence Baca, at lawrence.baca@yahoo.com with a cc to svalerio@fedbar.org . Nominations should specifically address why the nominee meets the criteria for the award outlined below.

Qualifications for Lawrence Baca Lifetime Achievement Award:

1. Nominee must have worked in the field of Indian law for at least twenty years as a practitioner, judge, legislator, leader, scholar or educator;
2. Be of good standing and held in high esteem in his or her professional arena;
3. And have made significant contributions to the field of Indian law through litigation, development of legislation, scholarship or the development of Indian law students or through tribal leadership.

The nomination submission must include:
1. A nominating letter that specifically addresses in narrative form how the nominee meets each of the three Award criteria.
2. A current resume or vitae.
(Reference to a website where the information can be found is not accepted as a substitute for the written narrative.)

The nomination submission may include:
1. 1-3 letters of support for the nomination.
2. Up to 3 articles about the nominee
Do not include articles written by the nominee.


2015 Nominations and Awards Committee
Lawrence Baca

Idaho State Bar Journal, August 2011 Edition

The Advocate, the Idaho State Bar Journal, was sponsored by the Idaho Indian Law Section this month.  The entire journal (56 pages) is here.

Articles include:

Tribal Sovereignty, Jurisdiction, Zoning, and Environmental Regulations by Charissa A. Eichman

A Jury of Their Peers: Can a Native American Defendant Be Tried by a Jury of His Peers in the United States? by Jason Brown

The Native Law Program at the University of Idaho: A Third Year of Success by Angelique EagleWoman

The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: Toward Safe Tribal Communities by Brian P. McClatchey

Kudos to Bruce Greene

I understand the Michigan State Bar Indian Law Section will be awarding its Tecumseh Award to Bruce Greene today at the state bar meeting at 2 PM.

Bruce was lead counsel in the famous trial of the century (in Michigan Indian law anyway) — United States v. Michigan in the 1978. He also was lead counsel for the consortium of tribes that negotiated the 2002 Michigan tribal-state tax agreements.

Squaxin Island: 4th Annual Tribal Water Rights Conference – Climate Change: Impacts to Water, Fish, Cultures, Economies, and Rights

4th Annual Tribal Water Rights Conference – Climate Change: Impacts to Water, Fish, Cultures, Economies, and Rights

When:  October 24-25, 2007

Where:  Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton

Agenda and Registration:  http://www.wateradvocacy.org

The Center for Water Advocacy, the Squaxin Island Tribe, and the Indian Law Sections of the Washington and Oregon State Bars are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Northwest Tribal Water Rights Conference to take place at the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. The conference will address a broad range of areas relating to the impact of climate change on the reduction of stream flows and how such reductions impact tribal interests in the Pacific Northwest.

With your participation, we expect to create a regional dialogue to address an urgent need communicated by tribes to become more united in confronting global warming and protecting tribal fisheries, instream flows, treaty rights, and water quality. This year, we will focus not only on recent information suggesting that climate change is proceeding more rapidly than anticipated, but also on strategies for addressing these issues.

As part of the conference, please join us for a reception and complimentary refreshments hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe on Wednesday, October 24, at the Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center in Shelton from 5:00-7:00 pm. We have invited Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, to be our special guest at the reception.

For questions regarding the conference, please contact: Terry Shepherd, conference coordinator, nepatalk@uci.net or 970-420-9148.

Cost:  $275

Approved for 9.5 CLE credits (includes 1.0 ethics)