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18th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

November 4-5, 2021, 8:45-3:30pm ET

Approved for 9.75 CLEs including 1.25 Ethics CLEs by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education, event code 408608

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8:45-9:15am ET Welcome

       Linda Greene, Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
       Dean Ferguson, DESO, Michigan State University College of Law

       Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor & Director, ILPC
       Doreen McPaul, President, TICA

9:15-10:15am ET | 1 CLE Ch-ch-changes: From Tribal Judge to Assistant Secretary and Everything In Between

Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

and conversation with Whitney Gravelle, President, Bay Mills Indian Community

10:30-11:45am ET | 1.25 CLE Tribal Traditional Law in Practice

Rodgerick Begay, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Chapter Unit
Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
Robert Alan Hershey, Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus, Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law


Ghost Road Comic Book (Fletcher)

Presentation (Begay)

PDFs (Hershey)

#20-2145 Tenth Circuit Pueblo of Jemez vs United States of America

US Forest Service

Hopi Sand Woman

12:45-2:00pm ET | 1.25 CLE  Consultation Practices

Moderator: Ian F. Tapu,  Law Clerk, Hawaii State Judiciary
Joe Sarcinella, Partner, Drummond Woodsum
Wenona Singel, Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Associate Professor of Law at the Michigan State University College of Law
Tehani M. Louis-Perkins, Student, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa



Consultations as the Bedrock of Good Government-to-Government Relations (Singel)

Tribal Consultation Study (Louis-Perkins)


2:15-3:30pm ET |1.25 CLE Beyond Brackeen: Ongoing Protections for Indian Children   

Moderator: Cassondra Church, Legal Counselor, Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law
April Olson, Attorney, Rothstein Donatelli
Kate Fort, Director of Clinics, Michigan State University College of Law
Austin Moore, Attorney, Native American Disability Law Center


Comprehensive State ICWA Laws

Brackeen V. Haaland

5-6:30pm ET Welcome Reception


Lil Mike and Funny Bone at Mike Bone Media



9:00-10:15am ET Shifting the Balance of Power: Self Governance and Consultation   

Rob Roy Smith, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Geoff Strommer, Partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
Debrah Gee, Navajo Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Chief Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Office of Tribal Justice Administration





10:30-11:45am ET Party or Amicus? Deciding When Your Tribal Nation Should Participate in Litigation      

Paul Spruhan, Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Nation DOJ
Chrissi Nimmo, Cherokee Nation, Deputy Attorney General for Cherokee Nation
Meghan Topkok, Iñupiaq, Staff Attorney for Kawerak, Inc.



Introduction (Spruhan)

Motion in the Adoptive Couple case


Amicus Cherokee Nation filed:

SCOTUS Castro-Huerta (McGirt): Cherokee Nation only


SCOTUS Murphy/McGirt: Cherokee Nation lead, joined by others

SCOTUS Cooley: Joined other tribes


Amicus Cherokee Nation Declined:

Amicus we declined: 21-1226 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI (Sixth Circuit)


Intervention instead of Amicus:



Intervention sought but denied (even though court found us required party): Oklahoma v. Tyson


Party but no Oral Argument

12:45-2:00pm ET Advocacy Strategies: The Law Clerk Perspective

Moderator: Rodina Cave Parnall, Pre-Law Summer Institute Director, American Indian Law Center, Inc.
Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney for the Catawba Nation
Joaquin Ray Gallegos, Judicial Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Alexander Mallory, Alexander Mallory, Judicial Clerk
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona 

Roshanna Toya, Judicial Clerk for the New Mexico Court of Appeals


Advocacy Strategies

2:15-3:30pm ET Egregious Misconduct

Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law


Egregious Misconduct Comic Book (Fletcher)

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