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Michigan State University College of Law


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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Indigenous Law and Policy Center

The Indigenous Law and Policy Center was created to help provide competent, experienced, and inexpensive legal services to tribal governments in an effort to assist them in attaining their judicial and governmental goals. The Center has provided services to tribes in Michigan, Alaska Native Corporations, and tribal courts across the country. We have delivered testimony to the Michigan Law Revision Commission and provided written comments on Proposition 2 (a constitutional amendment eliminating affirmative action) to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The Center’s students have presented to the Michigan Legislature on Michigan’s Tribal Economies through the Legislative program, "House University." The Center runs Turtle Talk, a highly regarded and popular law blog covering American Indian law, and regularly updates its Occasional Papers Series.

In addition to our work with tribes and tribal organizations, we also hold a major conference every year in the fall. In the spring we host three to four events in our Spring Speakers Series, which features new books in the broadly understood area of American Indian law. The Center also has hosted the Michigan Indian Judicial Association and its keynote speaker, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael Cavanagh.

The Center staff consists of two law professors, Professors Matthew L.M Fletcher and Wenona T. Singel; a staff attorney and adjunct professor, Kathryn E. Fort; a Fellow, who is a recent law school graduate; and a program coordinator, who is an undergraduate at Michigan State University.

Center faculty and staff have published papers in the Federal Lawyer, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Michigan State Law Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Tribal Law Journal, George Mason Law Review, San Diego Law Review, and others. Center faculty and staff have presented papers and research at the NCAI, Harvard Law School, Boalt Hall, the University of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference, and at numerous other symposia.

Sincerely,

Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Wenona T. Singel
Kathryn E. Fort


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