NICWA Webinar on Oglala Sioux v. Van Hunnik by Stephen Pevar

Information here.

On August 27, 2014, members will join Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), for this webinar as he gives an update on the ICWA compliance class action lawsuit, Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU against South Dakota state and local officials who have an alleged history of violating the ICWA, resulting in devastating ramifications for American Indian children and families in the state. Mr. Pevar will also discuss the overarching goals of the lawsuit and the implications this case has for ICWA.

To register, contact Ava Hansen NICWA’s member relations manager at

Stephen Pevar on Thanksgiving and American Indian History

Here. An excerpt:

Every schoolchild is taught that the holiday of Thanksgiving commemorates the feast the Pilgrims arranged to thank the Indians for their friendship, for sharing their land, and for showing them how to grow, harvest, and store food. Accounts say that the generosity of the Indians saved the colonists from starvation during the harsh New England winter of 1620.

Very few schoolchildren are also taught, however, about the deprivations and atrocities that occurred to the Indians afterwards, first at the hands of the colonists and then by the United States government. Ironically, if the United States believes today that it has a poor immigration policy, imagine how self-destructive the Indians’ immigration policy was by welcoming the very people who would soon seek to destroy them.

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Harvard Law Review Profiles (and Lauds) Stephen Pevar’s Updated “Rights of Indians and Tribes”

Here. An excerpt:

In this updated edition of his landmark 1983 work, Stephen L. Pevar continues his decades-long effort to distill the intricacies of Indian law into an easy-to-understand format that will help Indian tribes vindicate their rights and their sovereignty. Mr. Pevar concisely explains important concepts in Indian law through a question-andanswer format, drawing on history, case law, legal scholarship, and sociology to explain not only what the state of Indian law is, but also why it has come to be that way, taking into account major recent developments in Indian law. While Mr. Pevar is proud of the progress Indian civil rights activists have made since the “termination era” of 1953 to 1968, which he describes in scathing terms, he also expresses fear for the future of Indian rights and sovereignty, which he views as threatened by a conservative Supreme Court and aggressive federal legislators (pp. 11–15). The book contains a number of useful maps, lists, and charts, as well as the texts of major Indian law statutes and over 130 pages of helpful footnotes. Mr. Pevar’s work will be of interest to legal scholars, historians, Indian law litigators, and Indian rights activists alike.

More details about Stephen’s book here.

Stephen Pevar to Speak at ILPC Event Tomorrow

Stephen Pevar, the author of The Rights of Indians and Tribes, is speaking tomorrow at 2pm. We also have two commentators, Philip (Sam) Deloria and Mario Gonzalez, who will talk about his book and their work. The event will be in the Castle Board Room on the third floor of the Law College (648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing). Coffee and snacks will be served.

March 20, 2012 2:00 pm (Castle Board Room)


Stephen Pevar

The Rights of Indians and Tribes


Mario Gonzalez, Gonzalez Law Firm
Philip S. (Sam) Deloria, American Indian Graduate Center

Fourth Edition of Pevar’s “The Rights of Indians and Tribes”

While the publication date is still months away, it’s worth highlighting that Stephen Pevar is busy updating his important work, “The Rights of Indians and Tribes,” its fourth edition. Importantly, this edition will be published by Oxford University Press.

All of this is a very exciting development. My mother’s dogeared copy of the second edition was my introduction to the broad contours of federal Indian law.