Community Briefing: Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans

Public Conference Call with Chair Catherine E. Lhamon & Commissioner Karen K. Narasaki

Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

On December 20, 2018, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will release Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans. The Commission evaluates whether the federal government is meeting its trust responsibilities, and examines budgets and spending of federal agencies that sponsor Native American and Native Hawaiian programs, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Education.

Prompted by concerns raised by Native American communities and Members of Congress, Broken Promises revisits our 2003 report, A Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs in Indian Country, which similarly evaluated expenditures of federal agencies on Native American programs. In Quiet Crisis, Commission majority found that funding for services critical to Native Americans was disproportionally lower than that for other populations. Broken Promises, based on expert and public input, and extensive research and analysis, will offer actionable recommendations to the President, Congress, and numerous federal agencies.

Catherine E. Lhamon, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Karen K. Narasaki, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 1:00 pm ET

Public teleconference | Call-in line: 855-719-5012 | Conference ID: 4729980.

Callers will have the opportunity to ask questions about the report. Participants are encouraged to RSVP to


Established in 1957 by the Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is the only independent, bipartisan federal agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters. Our 51 state Advisory Committees offer a broad perspective on civil rights concerns at state and local levels, and recommend actions to address them. The Commission: in our 7th decade, a continuing legacy of influence in civil rights.

Pipeline to Law Workshop at UC Berkeley School of Law – June 26-30

Summer 2019, the Native American Pipeline to Law team will host a 5-day session to help students better understand the law school admissions process at UC Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. Housing provided and a limited number of LSAT Prep courses will be available for participating students. Space is limited, register soon!

To submit your application, click here.

June 26-30, 2019
Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Pathways to the Legal Profession: Identifying, Advising, and Supporting Native American Pre-Law Students

February 5-6, 2019
Isleta Resort and Casino
Pueblo of Isleta, NM

The American Indian Law Center, Inc. and the Native American Pipeline to Law Initiative are pleased to announce that registration is open for our Pre-Law Advisors Training.  This training is designed for advisors to Native American pre-law students- this includes Native Studies educators, tribal educators, pre-law advisors, or those who may work with Native students and may direct them to law school.

PLSI 2019 Conference_SavetheDateThe registration fee is waived for representatives from Tribal Education Departments, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and schools with Native American student enrollment.  A limited number of travel reimbursements are still available.  Details on the reimbursement, lodging, and the schedule are provided on the registration webpage.

Topics include:

  • The Need for Native Attorneys
  • Identifying Native Students for Law School
  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Law School Application
  • Advising on Personal Statements, Resume Writing, and Supplemental Statements
  • Financing a Law School Education
  • LSAT Overview
  • Mock Law School Application Overview
  • Advising on Law School Selection

For agenda and registration, visit:

Questions? Contact Rodina Cave Parnall, Pre-Law Summer Institute Director at

Talking Stick Podcast – Tribal Energy Resources, Policies & Potential

The latest podcast! 🎧

This episode of the Talking Stick Podcast, Tribal Energy Resources, Policies & Potential, features Professor Pilar Thomas from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, and provides a detailed discussion about current tribal energy resource policies and other energy-related issues affecting Indian tribes.

To listen, click here.

Cultural Resources in an Era of Shifting Government Policy – 11/16

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law invites graduate students from any discipline to present a 15-minute presentation on a topic related to cultural resources during our upcoming cultural resources symposium. Interested graduate students should submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to no later than October 15, 2018. Those selected to present papers will be notified by October 26, 2018.

Come support the graduate students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University as they present their paper. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Talking Stick Podcast – Understanding Water: A Policy Discussion

The latest podcast! 🎧

This episode includes an important discussion on water security with ASU Law Professor Rhett Larson. The intersections between climate policy and water security offer us a new framework under which to consider global issues – one that places water security at the forefront. Please join us for this discussion as we unravel various water related issues, including stream adjudications, state based water laws versus federal water laws, water markets and much more.

To listen, click here.