Reminder: Felix Cohen’s Indian Law Legacy — Friday, March 28, 2008

Tomorrow, we host “Felix Cohen’s Indian Law Legacy.” Speakers include Bethany Berger, Sam Deloria, Sam Hirsch, Riyaz Kanji, and Christian McMillen.

Here’s the poster.

Felix S. Cohen Panel at MSU Law College March 28

Our mini-symposium on “Felix Cohen’s Indian Law Legacy” will be held next Friday, March 28, 2008, starting at 11AM in the Castle Boardroom at the law college. Our speakers include Sam Deloria, Christian McMillen, Riyaz Kanji, Sam Hirsch, and Bethany Berger.

We will be celebrating the recent publication of three books: (1) Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law; (2) Christian McMillen’s “Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory“; and (3) Dalia Tsuk Mitchell‘s “Architect of Justice: Felix S. Cohen and the Founding of American Legal Pluralism.” Unfortunately, Prof. Tsuk Mitchell can’t make the conference.

A fourth book, edited by David E. Wilkins, “On the Drafting of Tribal Constitutions,” was recently published by the University of Oklahoma Press — a little too late for our planning.

This panel is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tribal Amicus Brief in Exxon Valdez Damages Case

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Congress of American Indians et al., in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker (No. 07-219).

Other briefs in this case are here.

Dalia Tsuk Mitchell’s Book on Felix Cohen Wins National Award

From Legal History Blog:

The Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American law and society will be awarded to Dalia Tsuk Mitchell for Architect of Justice: Felix S. Cohen and the Founding of American Legal Pluralism (Cornell Univ. Press, 2006) at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January.

We will be hosting Prof. Tsuk Mitchell at the Center this spring to discuss her book, along with Sam Hirsch of Jenner & Block, Riyaz Kanji of Kanji & Katzen, Christian McMillen of the University of Virginia, and Sam Deloria of the American Indian Graduate Center. That day’s panels will be discussing the legacy of Felix S. Cohen.

Congressional Authority to Reaffirm Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians

The recent testimony before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee regarding the possible Congressional reaffirmation of tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian domestic violence and sexual assault perpetrators — that we blogged about earlier — is now complete with the final version of Riyaz Kanji’s testimony on Congressional authority to take this action.

Violence Against Indian Women

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee heard powerful testimony from Indian women last week on the pervasive problem of violence against women. Riyaz Kanji of Ann Arbor’s Kanji & Katzen testified that Congress has authority to extend criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians to Indian tribes, if it chooses.

The Amnesty Report that helped to jump start this issue in Congress is here.

Sarah Deer’s recent editorial in Indian Country Today on the topic is here. And some of her related material is here, an article in the Suffolk Law Review.