Indian Legal Program Partners with National Congress of American Indians to Produce Educational Podcast Press Release

Phoenix, Ariz. – May 17, 2018 – The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is pleased to announce its new partnership with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to produce a monthly podcast. ASU Law alum and Senior Counsel at NCAI Derrick Beetso, will work with the Indian Legal Program (ILP) team to produce a free and educational podcast on federal Indian law and policy. Titled “The Talking Stick: A Native American Law & Policy Podcast presented by NCAI,” the first podcast is scheduled to launch next month.

For full press release, click the following link: Press Release NCAI-ILP Partnership.

Call for Mock Jurors & Witness for Tribal Court Trial Skills College

We are currently seeking volunteers to role-play witnesses and jurors for a mock trial that takes place during Tribal Court Trial Skills College. This event is volunteer-driven, so your participation is highly valued.

  • Volunteer Jurors will be needed on Tuesday, June 12 (1:00-3:00pm). Jurors become familiar with a short description of the character they will role-play and then they participate in a jury selection simulation.
  • Volunteer Witnesses will be needed on Wednesday, June 13 (3:30-5:30pm) and Thursday, June 14 (10:15am-3:15pm). Witnesses become familiar with the facts of a case file and a description of the testimony they will be expected to give. They then role-play a witness during a mock-trial simulation.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the requirements, please contact Helen Burtis at hburtis@asu.edu or 480-727-0420.

Want to learn more about the Tribal Court Trial Skills College? Check out the website at: law.asu.edu/tribalcourt2018

ASU Navajo Nation Law CLE: Call for Presentations

The Indian Legal Program at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is proud to host the 2018 Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference on Friday, October 19, 2018.

The Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference will offer a one day survey of Navajo law and ethics. This conference is ideal training for attorneys practicing on and near the Navajo Nation, tribal court advocates, tribal court practitioners, tribal court prosecutors, tribal court defenders, tribal council members, Indian law attorneys, tribal liaisons, government legislators, Navajo Nation Bar members, law students, as well as teachers/professors and students of American Indian studies.

The Conference Planning Committee welcomes proposals for 30-minute, 60-minute or 90-minute conference presentations or panel discussions. To submit a presentation proposal, please send the following information by June 22, 2018:

  • Presenter(s) name, title, contact information, bio
  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • A brief (one paragraph) description of the presentation, how the presentation relates to Navajo Law, and a description of the presentation format (example: lecture with Q&A, panel discussion, etc.)
  • A brief description of what will be or could be distributed to attendees as materials
  • A two-sentence summary of the presentation for the conference program, if accepted
  • Length of presentation
  • Would this session qualify for Navajo Ethics?

Participants will be notified of their selection by July 23, 2018.

Please submit your abstract here: ilp@asu.edu Subject: Navajo Law CLE Proposal

For more information, contact Kate.Rosier@asu.edu or (480) 965-6204.

Indian Child Welfare Act: Challenges & Rationales – 4/3

Come join the Federalist Society and the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) tomorrow, April 3, at 12:15 pm in Room 644 for a lively panel discussion on a hot topic in Indian and Constitutional law: The Indian Child Welfare Act. The panel will focus on the Indian Child Welfare Act, its challenges, and its rationales.

Panelists will include:

  • April Olson—Rothstein Donatelli in Tempe.
  • Professor Robert Clinton
  • Tim Sandefur—the Goldwater Institute & the Cato Institute
  • Mark Flatten—the Goldwater Institute

LUNCH will be provided! We hope to see you there.

ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception – Announcing 2018 award recipients!

Happy to announce this year’s award recipients! Congratulations to Michael-Corey Hinton, Jeffery Harmon and Robert N. Clinton for their dedication and leadership in Indian Country.

Awards will be presented at the 19th Annual ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception to be held April 5, 2018 (5:30 p.m.) at Shadow Lounge, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We hope you will join us to celebrate their recognition! Don’t forget to send your RSVP to ILP@asu.edu by April 2, 2018.

ASU Now: Ak-Chin community makes multi-year pledge to support ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program

Ak-Chin Chairman Robert Miguel said the Ak-Chin community, whose population totals just over a thousand people, was inspired by the Initiative. “We support what ASU Law is trying to implement, and that played a large part in our decision to donate,” he said.

Read full article.

“Indian Nations: land, governance, and economic development” by Robert J. Miller for Roatch-Haskell lecturer

Professor Robert J. Miller was selected for this year’s Haskell Lecture for the Roatch-Haskell Lecture hosted by ASU School of Social Work and shared his expertise on land, governance, and economic development. “‘Tribes can’t sell or develop their land without permission from the secretary of the interior,’ he said.

This history has led some Indians to mistrust capitalism as a way out of poverty, but Miller said that private-sector development is the best way to keep money on the reservation.

Sovereignty and culture are crucial. Tribes must decide for themselves what kinds of businesses they want and separate that from politics, he said.”

Read full article here.