Discussions from the Borderlands

This week the Michigan State University Department of Philosophy conference Discussions From the Borderlands will host two ILPC alumni as keynote speakers! PDF flyer here.

Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, ‘12 “The Invisible Wall”

March 13 5-6pm Wells Hall B310

Nellie Jo David, ‘14  “When Borders Cross O’odham: Maintaining Connections During Active Conquests to Divide Our People”

March 14 3-4pm MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, 2nd Floor West Wing


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2020 TICA Conference CFP due March 1

The 17th Annual Indigenous Law Conference proposal submission form and other conference details can be found at https://turtletalk.blog/2020ilpctica/

Proposals due March 1, 2020

Join us November 5-6, 2020

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Additionally, please share the call for art:

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IPR: “Emails show Enbridge private security keeping tabs on activists in the Straits of Mackinac”


“The fact that myself and other elected leaders of tribes have taken a stance against the pipeline doesn’t mean that our law enforcement agencies don’t have an interest in understanding what’s going on at the Straits with the pipeline,” says Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community. “It would be just like Enbridge reaching out to the Michigan State Police despite the fact that our attorney general and governor are opposed to the pipeline in the straits.”

Kyle Whyte is a professor at Michigan State University and a citizen of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation who has written about Standing Rock. He says there’s a trend of companies trying to control public advocacy behind the scenes.

“Instead of companies proposing risky projects being subject to oversight, it’s citizens concerned about preventing risks who are subject to oversight from those seeking to impose the risks,” he says. “There is a problem of mutual accountability here.”

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. “


Treaty Commemoration at MSU: Edweying Naabing//Looking at the Past and Present Symposium


Michigan State University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. To mark the 200th commemoration of this treaty, join us September 20-21, 2019 at the MSU College of Law to listen and learn from nearly 30 speakers at the Edweying Naabing Symposium. Just one month away!

Looking at the Past and Present to Imagine the Future

Symposium topics include Universities & Treaty Responsibility, Anishinaabemowin, Food and Environmental Justice, Settler Colonialism in the Great Lakes Region, Educational Sovereignty, and more. For a full list of panels, please see the tentative agenda-at-glance.

Register Today

Events are free and registration can be found here. Meals are provided for pre-registered symposium attendees. Coinciding with the symposium, the University will also host Native Family Day on September 21, 2019. Native Family Day is an event for Anishinaabeg and other Indigenous youth and their families to visit campus, hear from current students, and take an indigenized campus tour.


All ages are encouraged to come to campus and take part in this series of programming, which is designed to raise awareness about the history of the Land on which MSU resides. Please contact indigenous@law.msu.edu with questions.

Registration: http://law.msu.edu/treaty-saginaw/
Event page: http://aisp.msu.edu/treaty/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/822303851496766/

Edweying Naabing//Looking at the Past and Present Symposium is co-hosted by the MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and Native American Institute. Programming is supported by various co-sponsors.



Afterlives of Indigenous Archives

Dr. Gordon Henry and Ivy Schweitzer have a new book to be released in September, with cover art by Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée. You can pre-order the book online.

Afterlives of Indigenous Archives offers a compelling critique of Western archives and their use in the development of “digital humanities.” The essays collected here present the work of an international and interdisciplinary group of indigenous scholars; researchers in the field of indigenous studies and early American studies; and librarians, curators, activists, and storytellers. The contributors examine various digital projects and outline their relevance to the lives and interests of tribal people and communities, along with the transformative power that access to online materials affords. The authors aim to empower native people to re-envision the Western archive as a site of community-based practices for cultural preservation, one that can offer indigenous perspectives and new technological applications for the imaginative reconstruction of the tribal past, the repatriation of the tribal memories, and a powerful vision for an indigenous future. This important and timely collection will appeal to archivists and indigenous studies scholars alike.

MSUTODAY: “MSU Receives $2.5M for Less Commonly Taught Languages”


“For hundreds of years, generations of Indigenous people in communities throughout the Great Lakes have fought for the preservation of Anishinaabemowin,” said Gordon Henry, professor of English and co-PI on the project who is affiliated with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program at MSU and an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. “It’s important for people in knowing their culture to try to live their language, to have it as a living way of communicating in a community, and that’s what a lot of tribes are trying to have happen again.” Read more.