MSU AIIS Voices on Campus

AIIS Voices on Campus Lecture Series presents Nakia Parker: “Regarded as an Appendage of His Family: Slavery, Kinship, and the Law in Indian Territory.”

Wednesday, November 6, 12-1pm in Room 345 at MSU Law

Lunch will be provided and all are welcome.


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Governor Whitmer Appoints Whitney Gravelle to Michigan Women’s Commission

Press release here.

“Whitney B. Gravelle, of Brimley, is the tribal attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the former chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Ms. Gravelle is active in the tribal community mentoring indigenous youth through the Boys & Girls Club Tribal Youth Program. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Gravelle is appointed to succeed Nicole DeMarco, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. “


Free Trial Advocacy Skills Hosted by Bay Mills and MSU! This Week! For Trial Judges, Prosecutors and Defenders!

Now with 17.5 Minnesota CLE Credits!


Come to Michigan in June when it is beautiful! Open to judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors, this three-day training will provide trial skills training though a “learning-by-doing” teaching method, which includes lectures and demonstrations from training staff, and provides each participant with hands-on experience and practice sessions. This training is tuition free, however, space is limited.

Join us June 19-21, 2019

Visit the website for more information and to register. Hotel block is here.

Find a PDF version of the flyer here.

Congratulations Class of 2019

Stole design and creation by Jenna Marie Wood, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. From left to right: Annabel Shea, Sault Ste Marie Band of Chippewa Indians; Margaret Shea, Sault Ste Marie Band of Chippewa Indians; Emmy Scott, HoChunk/Spokane/Arikara; Lauren Sutter; Maurisa Paris Bell, Eastern Shoshone Tribe; L. Clare Johnson, Cherokee Nation; Kayla Noel Pederson; not pictured, Glen Anstine, Picuris Pueblo.


Congratulations to the Michigan State University College of Law Class of 2019!

Yesterday’s celebration honored the graduates of the MSU Native American Law Student Association and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Today, they walked across stage to receive their diplomas. We look forward to hearing of the many contributions to Indian Country that these passionate, dedicated lawyers will make.  Here’s to happy endings and exciting beginnings!



Call for Proposals: Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium at MSU

Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium

Michigan State University

September 20-21, 2019

Proposals due May 30, 2019

PDF version here.


Marking the 200th commemoration of the Treaty of Saginaw, MSU’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Indigenous Law and Policy Center, and Native American Institute invite proposals for Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium.

All are welcome to submit proposals and can refer to the list of possible topics for presentation ideas.

Those interested should submit a 250-word proposal and 100-word biography to by May 30, 2019.

About the Symposium: The inaugural symposium addresses the history of the Treaty 1819 and its ongoing effects for Indigenous-settler relationships at Land-Grant institutions, such as MSU. More generally, this conference focuses on Indigenous histories, presence, and futures on Anishinaabewaki and across Turtle Island.

The event is free and open to the public. Youth are highly encouraged to attend, especially those interested in becoming familiar with opportunities at MSU.

Maurisa Bell, NNALSA 3L of the Year


National NALSA 3L of the Year Award recipient, Maurisa Bell (right).

Maurisa Bell grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming. She is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and was also raised around her Northern Arapaho family. In 2015, she graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and completed the Pre-Law Summer Institute program during the summer of 2016. While in law school, Maurisa served as Vice President and Treasurer for the MSU-NALSA, an Area representative for National-NALSA, and volunteered as a student mentor for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.

She spent her summers in Washington, D.C. working for the Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice; the National Indian Gaming Commission; and Dentons, US LLP in their Native American Law and Policy practice group. She is a dedicated and driven leader who, in just a few weeks, will graduate from the Michigan State University College of Law.

Maurisa will work for Dentons upon graduation, pursuing her passion in helping tribes and tribal communities.

Congratulations, Maurisa!

Pipeline to Law Initiative Admissions Workshop

Pipeline To Law Workshop 2019 flyer

Pipeline to Law Workshop at UC Berkeley School of Law

June 26-30, 2019

Boalt Hall, 225 Bankcroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720

The Native American Pipeline to Law Pre-Law programs educate and help students successfully navigate the law school application process. The workshops will assist participants in preparing competitive applications. Come learn how to successfully apply to law school and network with law school professionals.

Topics covered * Learn about law school and career options * Obtain information about the varied admissions criteria for law school * Work with mentors to develop an effective application, resume, and personal statement * Explore law school funding options * Receive test prep tips for the LSAT * Network with other participants, faculty, and professionals * Hear from former and current American Indian law students.

Application and additional information available at:

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Questions? Contact Kate Rosier at

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about law school, admissions criteria, LSAT prep, and more. Registration is free, food and lodging is provided, as well as a limited number of LSAT Prep courses will be available for participating students. It does not matter what school the student wishes to attend, these sessions are geared to help all students.

Registration Extended for 2-Day Admissions Workshop at MSU Law

Link to original post here.

New Application Deadline: July 20, 2016
Questions? Contact Kate Rosier, Executive Director, Indian Legal Program

Apply Today!
Native American Law School Admissions Workshops
August 5-6 at Michigan State University College of Law (2-day)