Join the MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center

The Michigan State University Indigenous Law and Policy Center (ILPC) and College of
Law seek entry-level and lateral candidates for full-time, tenure system faculty positions with
research and teaching interests related to federal Indian law, tribal law, or the international
human rights of Indigenous peoples.

A successful candidate will form an integral part of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center
community. This will include teaching, research, and participation in the Center’s
programming and external engagement.

An important part of the Center’s purpose is to educate Native law students and to train
lawyers prepared to work on behalf of tribes around the country, whether for tribal, federal,
or state governments, private law firms, or non-profit organizations. The Center also oversees
MSU law’s Indigenous Law Certificate Program which exists to prepare students to practice
Indigenous law by providing rigorous and comprehensive training in Indigenous law, policy,
and practice.

The Center hosts an annual Indigenous law conference and a yearly speaker series, both of
which bring speakers from around the country to discuss issues involving Indigenous justice
systems, tribal sovereignty, and self-determination. The ILPC also hosts Turtle Talk, the
leading blog on legal issues in Indian Country. In addition, the Center is affiliated with an
Indian law clinic at the Law College.

MSU encourages applications from and nominations of women, persons of color, veterans
and persons with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Please email application materials, a letter of interest and cv, or nominations to Professor
Tiffani Darden, Co-Chair of Faculty Appointments Committee, More
information about the Law College can be found at

View the PDF here.

Call for Art: 19th Annual ILPC & TICA Indigenous Law Conference


Submissions due March 21st, 2022

Indigenous Law & Policy Center & Tribal In-House Counsel Association 19th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Each year, the conference sponsors one American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian artist whose work is featured on digital and print conference materials which may be adapted for use. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to submit their work.

Submission Requirements:

To inquire about or to submit artwork, please email MSU ILPC at

Include the following:

  • PDF or Adobe Photoshop file
  • Artist biography / brief summary of work and artist or foundation contact information. To be included in the conference program if desired.

Contact Us:

Doreen N. McPaul, President of TICA:
Gabriela Gendreau, MSU ILPC Communications Coordinator:

Past Conference Art:

View past conference artwork here:

Call for Proposals: 19th Annual ILPC & TICA Indigenous Law Conference


Proposals due March 21st, 2022

Indigenous Law & Policy Center & Tribal In-House Counsel Association 19th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

The Conference:

The conference has eight panels; one reserved for hot topics, plus a keynote speaker. Current TICA members with a focus on the tribal inhouse practice of law who are interested in presenting are invited to submit panel proposals with up to four speakers.

Want to Speak at the Indigenous Law Conference?:

Become a TICA member at
MSU Law will provide research support for speakers in preparing materials upon request. MSU Law will cover reasonable travel and lodging expenses.

Submit Panel Proposals:

Submit panel proposals as a PDF or Word document, 300 words or less, to MSU ILPC at

Include the following information for each panelist:

  • Name
  • Title (current position)
  • Contact information

Contact Us:

Doreen N. McPaul, President of TICA:
Gabriela Gendreau, MSU ILPC Communications Coordinator:

Pre-College Summer Program at Michigan State

Website here.

The Native American Business Institute is a week-long pre-college summer program for Native American high school students that will be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the Fall 2013- Spring 2014 school year. Participants work with MSU admissions officers, college counselors, tribal community leaders, and corporate representatives in a seven-day “business boot-camp” that prepares students for the college and exposes them to numerous academic and professional opportunities.

Jim Harrison to Speak at MSU on Thursday

From WKAR:

Authors With MSU Roots Return To East Lansing
This week, three literary giants…all Michigan State University graduates…will appear together on campus. Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison and Richard Ford will speak at what’s being called a Michigan Author Homecoming Thursday evening. Presented by the Michigan Humanities Council, the event is the culmination of The Great Michigan Read. For a year, the Council has encouraged the people of Michigan to read Ernest Hemingway’s “Nick Adams Stories”. All three authors have lengthy lists of published works, with too many awards and film adaptations to mention. WKAR’S Scott Pohl recently spoke with McGuane and Harrison, both on the phone from their homes in Montana…about their current projects and their motivation for agreeing to appear in public together. The Michigan Author Homecoming is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Pasant Theatre in the Wharton Center at Michigan State University. A book-signing will follow the program.

aired Jul. 8, 2008 | length: 11:43 Extended Version

You can hear the whole interview at the WKAR link.

Native Heritage Month at MSU

You can download the calendar here: MSU Native Heritage Month Calendar

Highlights include Pat LeBeau’s talk on mascots on the 7th and NALSA’s panel, Tribal Extinction, featuring Marilyn Vann of the Cherokee Freedmen, on the 9th.