Here are the briefs before the D.C. Circuit in the ongoing Cherokee Freedmen case.
Tribal Extinction: Enrollment Issues in the 21st Century – featuring Marilyn Vann and Mike Phelan
The Native American Law Students Association and the Center for Diversity Services will welcome two speakers on Friday, November 9 to discuss perspectives of tribal enrollment, a controversial issue at the forefront of Indian Law and Constitutional Law. The event features guest speakers Marilyn Vann, recently disenrolled from the Cherokee Nation and lead plaintiff in the Cherokee Freedmen cases, and Mike Phelan, counsel for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The event begins at 6:30pm in the Castle Board Room on the 3rd floor of the MSU College of Law. Dinner will be served and all are welcome. Please contact Melissa Velky with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
H/T to Indianz.com:
Cherokee Nation – http://www.cherokee.org
Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes – http://www.freedmen5tribes.com
Freedmen Conference – http://www.freedmenconference.com
Congressional Black Caucus, Annual Leadership Conference – http://www.alc2007.com
On November 9, 2007, MSU’s Native American Law Students Association will be hosting a panel discussion on tribal membership issues in light of the Cherokee Freedmen controversy.
The speakers include Marilyn Vann, the lead plaintiff in Vann v. Kempthorne (D. D.C.), and Mike Phelan, in-house counsel for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Mike’s talk will be a more general discussion of the law of tribal membership.