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Indian Law Conference At Harvard Law School On April 6

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Indian Law Conference at Harvard Law School on April 6, 2009

Tribal Justice: The Supreme Court and the Future of Federal Indian Law
Monday, April 6, 2009
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

The Supreme Court’s treatment of American Indians has long been viewed as uniquely reflective of the rise and fall of our shared democratic faith. A flurry of recent cases has signaled to Native nations a disturbing paradigm shift - that of a judiciary now openly hostile to tribal interests. This timely conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners for a frank discussion regarding the impact the Roberts Court is having on Indian Country.

Agenda:

1:15 OPENING REMARKS
- A. Raymond Halbritter, Representative, Oneida Indian Nation

1:30 FROM WHERE WE’VE COME: MARSHALL TO REHNQUIST
- N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College
- Steven Paul McSloy, Co-chair, Native American Practice Group, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
- Robert Odawi Porter, Professor of Law, Syracuse University
- Alexander Tallchief Skibine, S.J. Quinney Professor of Law, University of Utah
- Lorie M. Graham, Professor of Law, Suffolk University (Moderator)

2:45 WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE ROBERTS COURT
- Bethany Berger, Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University
- Gavin Clarkson, Associate Professor of Law, University of Houston
- Douglas J. Luckerman, Tribal Attorney
- Joseph William Singer, Bussey Professor of Law, Harvard University
- Rebecca Tsosie, Professor of Law, Arizona State University
- Richard Guest, Co-director, Supreme Court Project, Native American Rights Fund (Moderator)

4:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Philip “Sam” Deloria, Director, American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS:
Harvard Native American Law Students Association
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School
Harvard University Native American Program
Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations
Native Americans at Harvard College
Committee on Indigeneity, Migration, Ethnicity, and Human Rights, Harvard University
Native American Caucus, John F. Kennedy School of Government

CONFERENCE UNDERWRITER:
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP