On Friday, May 8, 2009, the Washington State Bar Association’s Indian Law Section will hold its 21st Annual Conference and continuing legal education seminar in Seattle. Co-hosted by the law firm of Foster Pepper PLLC, the day-long program will cover cutting-edge legal issues affecting Native American communities, including:
- Federal Tribal trust funds mismanagement
- Revisiting the issue of Native American civil rights and Tribal sovereignty
- Examining the Duwamish Tribe and other federal recognition cases
- Native American policy under the Obama administration
- Juvenile justice in Native communities
- Tax planning for Tribal construction and economic development projects
The panel of presenters features numerous acclaimed experts on Tribal issues, including:
- Diana Bob, National Congress of American Indians, Washington D.C.
- Melody McCoy, Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorado
- Rob Roy Smith, lead counsel in the ground-breaking Snoqualmie Tribal banishment case
- Tom Schlosser, advocate and educator on Tribal legal affairs
- Jeff Nave, national Tribal finance and tax credit expert
The program also includes a traditional dance performance and cultural competency presentation by “One Crazy Raven” Gene Tagaban. You can follow the program during the day via this site's Twitter updates @nativelegal.