New Fletcher Paper: “The Rise and Fall of the Ogemakaan”

Please check out my new paper, “The Rise and Fall of the Ogemakaan,” now available on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Anishinaabe (Odawa, Bodewadmi, and Ojibwe) legal and political philosophy is buried under the infrastructure of modern self-determination law and policy. Modern Anishinaabe tribes are rough copies of American governments. The Anishinaabeg (people) usually choose their ogemaag (leaders) through an at-large election process that infects tribal politics with individualized self-interest. Those elected leaders, what I call ogemaakaan (artificial leaders) preside over modern governments that encourage hierarchy, political opportunism, and tyranny of the majority. While modern tribal governments are extraordinary successes compared to the era of total federal control, a significant number of tribes face intractable political disputes that can traced to the philosophical disconnect from culture and tradition.

Anishinaabe philosophy prioritizes ogemaag who are deferential and serve as leaders only for limited purposes and times. Ogemaag are true representatives who act only when and how instructed to do so by their constituents. Their decisions are rooted in cultural and traditional philosophies, including for example Mino-Bimaadiziwin (the act of living a good life), Inawendewin (relational accountability), Niizhwaaswii Mishomis/Nokomis Kinoomaagewinawaan (the Seven Gifts the Grandfathers or Grandmothers), and the Dodemaag (clans). I offer suggestions on how modern tribal government structures can be lightly modified to restore much of this philosophy.

Today is 25th Anniversary of Pokagon Band Potawatomi, Little Traverse Odawa, and Little River Ottawa Federal Acknowledgment Statutes

public-law-103-323.pdf [Pokagon Band Restoration Act]

public-law-103-324-2.pdf [LTBB/LRB Reaffirmation Act]

1993-house-committee-hearing.pdf

1994-senate-committee-hearing.pdf

h.-rep.-103-620.pdf

h.-rep.-103-621.pdf

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Probation Officer, Dowagiac, MI. Full-time

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Flandreau, SD. All applicants must apply by March 10, 2017 by 5:00 P.M. (CST), and late applications will not be considered. For the complete application instructions and a full job announcement, please contact Seth Pearman, Tribal Attorney at (605) 573-4206 or spearman@fsst.org.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Tribal Justice Director, Bethel, AK. Full-time

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Tribal Court Clerk, Darrington, WA. To apply: employment application

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Staff Attorney, Awkwesasne, NY. Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.