Marijuana Wars: Yurok Tribe Battles To Reclaim Its Lands

 

The Los Angeles Times reports that with the assistance of federal and state agencies, the Yurok Tribe in California is taking the offensive in a battle to drive renegade marijuana growers off the Tribe’s native lands.

For years, illegal marijuana growers with out-of-state license plates came to the upper reaches of the Yurok Indian Reservation, followed by dump trucks of fertilizer and heavy equipment that punched roads into tribal land.

Runaway marijuana cultivation had made it unsafe for Tribal members to hike, pray, gather medicine and materials for baskets, or prepare sites for ceremonial dances. Chemical runoff and silt harmed the salmon, and rodenticides poisoned the rare Humboldt marten and weasel-like fisher, which the Yurok consider sacred. This year, as growers siphoned water directly from the streams that feed the Klamath River, the problem became a crisis: about 200 households that rely entirely on surface water are now at risk of running dry, with no alternative supply.

Yurok Tribal Chairman Thomas O’Rourke highlighted the problems caused by illegal marijuana growers:

“They're stealing millions and millions of gallons of water and it’s impacting our ecosystem. We can't … make it into our dance places, our women and children can't leave the road to gather. We can't hunt. We can't live the life we've lived for thousands of years. We are coming close to being prisoners in our own land. Everything we stand for, everything we do is impacted”

The Tribe and federal and state agencies have now launched “Operation Yurok”, a massive raid on and around reservation land that is expected to lead to the destruction of an estimated 100,000 marijuana plants. In addition to Yurok police, other participating agencies included the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Drug Enforcement Administration, the California Department of Justice’s North State Marijuana Investigation Team, the California National Guard’s counterdrug program, and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
 

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Tulalip Tribes Battle Domestic Violence With Expanded Powers

The Tulalip Tribes are now one of just three Native American Tribes in the U.S. to take advantage of a federal program designed to better combat domestic violence on tribal lands. In an agreement signed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tribal Prosecuting Attorney Sharon Jones Hayden was appointed Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with expanded authority over domestic violence cases.

Hayden’s appointment is part of a federal pilot program to allow Tribes to start exercising this new authority under the 2013 re-authorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act, which recognizes the authority of Tribes to prosecute certain domestic violence crimes committed on tribal lands by non-Indians. The pilot program has three goals: to strengthen tribal justice systems, to decrease domestic violence on tribal lands and to ensure that criminals are prosecuted in the most effective manner available.

Since the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, Tribal Courts have been prevented from filing charges against non-tribal defendants, even if the crimes occurred on the Tribe’s reservation. One U.S. Department of Justice study looking at crime from 1992-2002 found the majority of violent crimes against Native Americans were committed by non-Indians.

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Tribal Employment Rights & Law Seminar - 14 July 2014

TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & LAW 

Sovereignty, Jurisdiction And Best Practices
July 14, 2014
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

REGISTER HERE

Who Should Attend
Attorneys, Tribal representatives, human resource executives and staff, and governmental officials

Why You Should Attend
Creating and maintaining sustainable and productive employment is a top priority for Tribes, Tribal businesses, and the agencies and enterprises that serve Native American communities. The relationship between Tribes and the workers they employ is an important aspect of Tribal governance and the development of reservation economies. The complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the relationships between Tribal employers and workers require special expertise and current information to manage effectively. This conference will offer in-depth guidance on crucial legal issues in employment law in Native American communities, including: the application of federal employment laws to Tribes, Tribal preference policies and sovereignty issues, collective bargaining, employment insurance and risk management, best practices for personnel dispute resolution, selecting and managing employee benefit and retirement plans, and using the EB-5 investor visa program to create new job opportunities on reservations.

Tribal counsel, leading Tribal law practitioners, and industry experts will provide the latest insights on current topics with significant Tribal implications in employment law. Don't miss this excellent update on today's legal and policy developments, along with practical strategies and tips to assist attorneys, Tribal leaders, agency officials, and Tribal enterprise managers navigate these critical issues.
~ W. Gregory Guedel, Esq. and Christopher T. Stearns, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn
• Employment law in Indian country: A case of competing sovereigns
• What Tribal businesses need to know about Federal employment law
• Indian Tribes & discrimination issues including the structuring of Indian-hire preference requirements for non-tribal entities
• Federal EB-5 Employment Investor Visa Program
• Indian Tribes & collective bargaining
• Employment insurance for tribes as employers
• Tribal employee benefit plans
• Best practices for Tribal counsel setting up personnel and dispute resolution system

Faculty Bios
W. Gregory Guedel, Program Co-Chair, is the Chair of Foster Pepper LLC's Native American Legal Services Group and serves as Chair of the American Bar Association's National Committee on Native American Concerns. His practice focuses on Tribal economic development, construction, government contracting, and business transactions.

Christopher T. Stearns (Navajo), Program Co-Chair, of counsel, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, specializes in public policy, energy, self-governance, and election law. He is a Commissioner for the Washington State Gambling Commission and past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. He was Democratic Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Sherry L. Barry, Tribal Liaison, Washington & Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, is Tribal Employments Rights Commissioner for the Quinault Indian Nation. She is the Vice Chair of the Washington State L&I Apprenticeship Division/PNW TERO Affiliates, Tribal Liaison Sub Committee and Vice Chair of KGHI Public Broadcast Radio (Labor and Native American Talk Radio).

Jason R. Donovan, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes involving commercial general liability, directors and officer's liability, employment practices liability and professional services liability. He started his career representing insurance companies, but now represents policyholders exclusively.

Troy A. Eid, principal shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP, is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. He was Colorado's United States Attorney, and recently chaired the National Indian Law and Order Commission where he helped prepare their final report to the President and Congress, "A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer".

J. Scott Galloway, of counsel, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation, fiduciary, and investment law. He advises employers with respect to issues involving pension, profit sharing, 401(k), stock bonus, stock option, deferred compensation, and medical and other welfare benefit plans.

Stephen H. Greetham, Chief General Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Commerce Department and Senior Legal Advisor to the Chickasaw Nation Justice Division, works closely with Tribal leadership on the management of litigation and negotiation. He is also Vice President of the Tribal In-house Counsel Association, a national non-profit.

Vicki J. Limas, Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, focuses on employment law, particularly employment issues affecting Indian Tribes and individuals and is a contributing writer to Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

Pamela Means, MSPA, MAAA, EA, President, Means & Associates, an actuarial and third party retirement administration firm, ERISA Compliance Associates, a compliance review firm, and The Tribal Group, a consulting firm that specializes in Tribal Retirement Plans and Trusts. She is a member of a number of national actuarial societies.

Brian K. Nichols, shareholder, Modrall Sperling, is Co-Chair of the Native American Law Practice Group. He consults with businesses doing commerce with Tribal nations, and advises clients regarding employment, property, vendor preferences and procurement, and worker health and safety.

Steven R. Peltin, Chair of the Employment and Labor Relations Practice Group at Foster Pepper PLLC. He helps employers address a wide variety of personnel issues, and represents employers before courts and administrative agencies. He prepares and negotiates employment, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements.

Lisa M. Vanderford-Anderson, Reservation Attorney, Tulalip Tribes, is also a Tribal Appellate Judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System and a Mediator. She is experienced in employment law and dispute resolution. Her practice includes employment law (litigation and HR advising), Elder Protection, Child Welfare and other civil matters.

Ava (Xiaoqiu) Wang, Senior Counsel, Ater Wynne LLP, focuses on American immigration law. She is experienced in employment visa and the EB-5 investment program, particularly designation of a regional center and investor's I-526 and I-829.

Leilani Wilson-Walkush, Senior Consultant, Breakwater Investment Group, LLC, is an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and is a shareholder of two Alaska Native Corporations - Sealaska Corporation and Goldbelt, Inc. She is experienced as both a successful financial advisor and a champion of Native awareness.

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Vince Logan Confirmed as US Special Trustee for American Indians

 

Vince Logan (Osage) has been confirmed by the United states Senate as the next United States Special Trustee for American Indians.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the following statement after the confirmation:

“As an investment professional, a mentor for Native American attorneys, and a member of the Osage Nation, Vince has been deeply rooted in Indian Country for many decades. His asset management expertise, legal experience and extensive network of professional relationships in Indian Country will well serve the Office of Special Trustee and the Department of the Interior as we work to build a stronger and more responsive trust asset management system for the Nation’s First Americans. I am pleased the Senate voted to confirm him to this leadership post at Interior.”

For more information on the nomination of Vincent G. Logan, click HERE. More information on the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians is HERE.

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Mellon Foundation Awards Grant for Tribal Economic Development Seminars

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant to Foster Pepper’s Native American Legal Services Chair Greg Guedel to conduct a visiting-speaker series on Tribal economic development in 2015. The funding will bring national experts on Tribal economic development to Seattle to share their insights and strategies for enhancing opportunity and quality of life in Native American communities. The program will be hosted in the Spring at the University of Washington in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and will provide a unique platform for Tribal leaders to meet and discuss development, poverty reduction, social justice, and the use of sovereignty to create economic programs in Tribal communities.

For more information on Foster Pepper's Native American practice, click HERE.

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Patent Office Cancels Trademark For NFL's Redskins

As reported by ESPN,  in a 2-1 ruling the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, an independent tribunal within the USPTO, voted to cancel the federal trademark protection for the "Redskins" name held by the NFL football club.  The Board wrote it was charged with determining only whether the mark was offensive to the people it referenced, instead of to the entire population. Five Native Americans, representing four tribes, brought the case against the league.

"Petitioners have found a preponderance of evidence that a substantial amount of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging when used in connection with professional football," the ruling said. "While this may reveal differing opinions with the community, it does not negate the opinions of those who find it disparaging."

The ruling does not force the NFL or Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the name, but trademarks, registered between 1967 and 1990, will no longer be protected under federal law if the NFL and the Redskins lose an appeal to the U.S. District Court.

Bob Raskopf, the trademark attorney for the Redskins, said the team will appeal the ruling and is confident it will successfully overturn Wednesday's ruling and noted that the team's trademark registrations will remain valid while the case is appealed.

"We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins' trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board," Raskopf said in a statement.

In 1999, a panel ruled to cancel the trademarks after a 16-year battle with Native American groups. It was eventually overturned on a technicality after the courts decided that the plaintiffs were too old and should have filed their complaint soon after the Redskins registered their nickname in 1967.

"The evidence in the current claim is virtually identical to the evidence a federal judge decided was insufficient more than ten years ago. We expect the same ultimate outcome here," Raskopf said in his statement.

The new case was launched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans, and was heard by the board in March of last year.

The group argued that the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection based on a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.

"The U.S. Patent Office has now restated the obvious truth that Native Americans, civil rights leaders, athletes, religious groups, state legislative bodies, Members of Congress and the president have all echoed: taxpayer resources cannot be used to help private companies profit off the promotion of dictionary defined racial slurs," said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and Nation Congress of American Indians executive director Jackie Pata in a joint statement.

"If the most basic sense of morality, decency and civility has not yet convinced the Washington team and the NFL to stop using this hateful slur, then hopefully today's patent ruling will, if only because it imperils the ability of the team's billionaire owner to keep profiting off the denigration and dehumanization of Native Americans.

Without protection, any fan can produce and sell Washington Redskins gear without having to pay the league or the team for royalties and wouldn't be in violation of any law for doing so. NFL teams split merchandise royalties 31 ways -- the Dallas Cowboys have their own deal -- so losing the trademark rights could be seen as a major negative by the league's owners.

The Redskins are an integral part of league sales. From April 1, 2012 to March 2013, the league said more jerseys of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III were sold than any player in a single year in NFL history.

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Tribal Employment Rights & Law Seminar - 14 July 2014 in Seattle

TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS & LAW
Sovereignty, Jurisdiction And Best Practices
July 14, 2014
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

REGISTER HERE

Who Should Attend
Attorneys, Tribal representatives, human resource executives and staff, and governmental officials

Why You Should Attend
Creating and maintaining sustainable and productive employment is a top priority for Tribes, Tribal businesses, and the agencies and enterprises that serve Native American communities. The relationship between Tribes and the workers they employ is an important aspect of Tribal governance and the development of reservation economies. The complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the relationships between Tribal employers and workers require special expertise and current information to manage effectively. This conference will offer in-depth guidance on crucial legal issues in employment law in Native American communities, including: the application of federal employment laws to Tribes, Tribal preference policies and sovereignty issues, collective bargaining, employment insurance and risk management, best practices for personnel dispute resolution, selecting and managing employee benefit and retirement plans, and using the EB-5 investor visa program to create new job opportunities on reservations.

Tribal counsel, leading Tribal law practitioners, and industry experts will provide the latest insights on current topics with significant Tribal implications in employment law. Don't miss this excellent update on today's legal and policy developments, along with practical strategies and tips to assist attorneys, Tribal leaders, agency officials, and Tribal enterprise managers navigate these critical issues.
~ W. Gregory Guedel, Esq. and Christopher T. Stearns, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn
• Employment law in Indian country: A case of competing sovereigns
• What Tribal businesses need to know about Federal employment law
• Indian Tribes & discrimination issues including the structuring of Indian-hire preference requirements for non-tribal entities
• Federal EB-5 Employment Investor Visa Program
• Indian Tribes & collective bargaining
• Employment insurance for tribes as employers
• Tribal employee benefit plans
• Best practices for Tribal counsel setting up personnel and dispute resolution system

Faculty Bios
W. Gregory Guedel, Program Co-Chair, is the Chair of Foster Pepper LLC's Native American Legal Services Group and serves as Chair of the American Bar Association's National Committee on Native American Concerns. His practice focuses on Tribal economic development, construction, government contracting, and business transactions.

Christopher T. Stearns (Navajo), Program Co-Chair, of counsel, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, specializes in public policy, energy, self-governance, and election law. He is a Commissioner for the Washington State Gambling Commission and past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. He was Democratic Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Sherry L. Barry, Tribal Liaison, Washington & Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, is Tribal Employments Rights Commissioner for the Quinault Indian Nation. She is the Vice Chair of the Washington State L&I Apprenticeship Division/PNW TERO Affiliates, Tribal Liaison Sub Committee and Vice Chair of KGHI Public Broadcast Radio (Labor and Native American Talk Radio).

Jason R. Donovan, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes involving commercial general liability, directors and officer's liability, employment practices liability and professional services liability. He started his career representing insurance companies, but now represents policyholders exclusively.

Troy A. Eid, principal shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP, is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. He was Colorado's United States Attorney, and recently chaired the National Indian Law and Order Commission where he helped prepare their final report to the President and Congress, "A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer".

J. Scott Galloway, of counsel, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation, fiduciary, and investment law. He advises employers with respect to issues involving pension, profit sharing, 401(k), stock bonus, stock option, deferred compensation, and medical and other welfare benefit plans.

Stephen H. Greetham, Chief General Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Commerce Department and Senior Legal Advisor to the Chickasaw Nation Justice Division, works closely with Tribal leadership on the management of litigation and negotiation. He is also Vice President of the Tribal In-house Counsel Association, a national non-profit.

Vicki J. Limas, Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, focuses on employment law, particularly employment issues affecting Indian Tribes and individuals and is a contributing writer to Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

Pamela Means, MSPA, MAAA, EA, President, Means & Associates, an actuarial and third party retirement administration firm, ERISA Compliance Associates, a compliance review firm, and The Tribal Group, a consulting firm that specializes in Tribal Retirement Plans and Trusts. She is a member of a number of national actuarial societies.

Brian K. Nichols, shareholder, Modrall Sperling, is Co-Chair of the Native American Law Practice Group. He consults with businesses doing commerce with Tribal nations, and advises clients regarding employment, property, vendor preferences and procurement, and worker health and safety.

Steven R. Peltin, Chair of the Employment and Labor Relations Practice Group at Foster Pepper PLLC. He helps employers address a wide variety of personnel issues, and represents employers before courts and administrative agencies. He prepares and negotiates employment, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements.

Lisa M. Vanderford-Anderson, Reservation Attorney, Tulalip Tribes, is also a Tribal Appellate Judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System and a Mediator. She is experienced in employment law and dispute resolution. Her practice includes employment law (litigation and HR advising), Elder Protection, Child Welfare and other civil matters.

Ava (Xiaoqiu) Wang, Senior Counsel, Ater Wynne LLP, focuses on American immigration law. She is experienced in employment visa and the EB-5 investment program, particularly designation of a regional center and investor's I-526 and I-829.

Leilani Wilson-Walkush, Senior Consultant, Breakwater Investment Group, LLC, is an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and is a shareholder of two Alaska Native Corporations - Sealaska Corporation and Goldbelt, Inc. She is experienced as both a successful financial advisor and a champion of Native awareness.

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Cobell Lawyers Issue Statement On Late Payments

The attorneys responsible for administering the Cobell settlement have issued the following statement regarding the status of payments.  PLEASE NOTE: This website and Foster Pepper PLLC are not involved in the Cobell settlement process - this information is simply provided as a service to our readers.  Contact information for the Cobell settlement attorneys is listed at the bottom of the statement below, thank you.

A Letter from Class Counsel

Concerns have recently been expressed that the second payments under the Cobell settlement – the Trust Administration payments – have not yet been distributed. Please be assured that the Court, the Claims Administrator and Class Counsel are taking all measures necessary to make sure those payments are distributed as quickly as possible consistent with the terms of the settlement.

In particular, frustration has been expressed with the Claims Administrator, the Garden City Group (“GCG”), suggesting it is responsible for the payments not having been mailed. GCG, just like the parties, is required to follow the terms of the Settlement Agreement approved by Congress and the Court, including the timeline set forth in that agreement for mailing of Trust Administration Class payments. At this point, not all requirements imposed by that agreement for mailing of the Trust Administration payments have been satisfied.

Unfortunately, implementation of the settlement was delayed for a year while Congress considered it and almost another year and a half while four individuals appealed the District Court’s order approving it. These were matters over which we had no control. However, once the appeals expired in late November 2012, we worked with the District Court and GCG to make sure that distribution of the Historical Accounting payments, commenced within 30 days. In fact, GCG was able to commence distribution in three weeks after receipt of the final data for distribution.

Unlike the Historical Accounting Class payments, under the terms of the Settlement Agreement as approved by Congress and the Courts, the Trust Administration payments could not be distributed immediately after the expiration of the appeals. Instead, these payments can be made only after all Trust Administration Class members have been identified. This was due to the fact that, in many cases, the Department of Interior had no record of trust beneficiaries on its electronic systems, requiring they self-identify.

Therefore, in order to make sure that everyone who was eligible had an opportunity to participate in the settlement, the Settlement Agreement provided additional procedures for identifying Trust Administration Class Members. These procedures included a Supplementary Notice to Trust Administration Class members that commenced shortly after the appeals expired, along with a claim filing and review process. All claims were to be submitted by March 1, 2013.

During the claims process, there were concerns expressed by class members in Oklahoma who were experiencing difficulties obtaining records to support their claims due to the absence of those records on Interior’s systems and the devastating tornados that affected much of the state. Therefore, the claims process was extended by the Court to make sure that these individuals had an opportunity to participate. As ordered by the Court, claimants had until September 4, 2013 to request an appeal of a claim denial to the Special Master appointed by the Court.

The claims process was successful as over 485,000 claims were filed. All of those claims were reviewed and timely determinations made by GCG. Over 2,400 appeals from those decisions, many several hundred pages in length, are being carefully considered by the Special Master. As provided for in the Settlement Agreement, once all Trust Administration Class members are substantially identified and the Department of Interior has calculated the pro rata share of the settlement to which each Trust Administration Class member is entitled, we will promptly request that the Court approve the Trust Administration payments. We can’t predict with certainty when these matters will be completed enabling us to request payment from the Court. However, we will provide continual updates as new information becomes available to keep you advised of the status of those payments.

Meanwhile, we continue to work with the Court and GCG to ensure the settlement is administered in accordance with the highest standards. When the Cobell case settled, we inherited the Department of Interior’s records of individual Indian beneficiaries – including the many inaccuracies known to exist within those records. However, a commitment was made that the Cobell settlement would not suffer from the deficiencies that historically afflicted the Indian trust system – in particular that everyone who was eligible to participate in the settlement would have an opportunity to do so. Individual Indian trust records have markedly improved as a result of the Cobell lawsuit. However, problems remain. Delays in, or the absence of, probates have resulted in individuals who had passed away remaining on the list of living trust beneficiaries. Multiple records often exist for a single beneficiary. The Department of Interior still does not know the identity of some trust beneficiaries and current contact information was not available for tens of thousands of known beneficiaries.

We continue to work through these issues. By way of example, to date, through extensive outreach and working directly with tribal governments and GCG, we have been able to locate over half of the 65,000 individuals on the government’s “whereabouts unknown” list published by the Office of the Special Trustee, to insure they receive their settlement funds. Thousands more continue to contact us each month. This has been a serious deficiency that has plagued the individual Indian trust since its inception. We are committed to make sure that it does not continue.

If you have contact information for anyone on the government’s “whereabouts unknown” list, please contact the Claims Administrator at 866-591-2958.

Once again, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure all class members receive their payments as soon as possible. We understand the frustrations experienced over the timing of payments. Many beneficiaries are in great need of these funds and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure the payments go out as soon as possible.

You are welcome to email us at beneficiaryline@kilpatricktownsend.com or call us at 866-383-6554 if you have any questions at all.

David Smith and Bill Dorris

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Federal Trust Responsibility Seminar - October 3 in Seattle

The Seattle University Center for Indian Law and Policy and the Intertribal Timber Council are sponsoring a Symposium on Reform of the Federal Trust Responsibility on October 3, 2014 in Seattle. The Symposium will explore opportunities to significantly improve the benefits that Tribal communities can gain from their natural resource heritage. The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn will be a panelist, as will practitioners and scholars from around the nation along with House and Senate staff.

Seattle University Professor Eric Eberhard summarized the program’s intent:

We are witnessing a convergence of several factors that could substantially alter the course of future trust administration. Tribal leaders and resource managers are gaining recognition, respect, access to capital, and political clout. The Secretarial Commission on Trust Administration and Reform issued its report and recommendations in December 2013. General fiscal challenges confronting the federal government will dramatically alter workforces and budgets. External forces beyond the boundaries of Indian Country continue to adversely affect the environment and threaten the ability of tribes to access and utilize resources that are vital to sustaining their cultures and economies. The opportunity to significantly improve the benefits that tribal communities can gain from their natural resource heritage is fleeting. The time is ripe for creative, thoughtful exploration of alternative futures for trust administration and resource stewardship.

For more information and to register for the Symposium, click HERE.

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BIA Tribal Court Advocacy Training Sessions: March-June 2014

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services is offering the following Tribal Court advocacy training sessions, which are open to all professionals working in Tribal Court systems:

March 31 – April 3   Denver, Colorado:     Illegal Narcotics Trafficking

May 19 – 22  Helena, Montana:    Domestic Violence

June 23 - 26    Albuquerque, New Mexico:   DUI – Writing Skills

 The sessions will also include a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Round Table Discussion (1/2 day - 1-5 pm)

If you have questions regarding these sessions please contact Wanda Brunson,
Office of Tribal Justice Support at (202) 513-7649 or wanda.brunson@bia.gov

 

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