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October 16, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

MSU Law to Host 10th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Michigan State University College of Law’s Indigenous Law & Policy Center hosted its 10th Annual Indigenous Law Conference, an interdisciplinary event featuring Anishinaabe scholars from across the country, on October 24 and 25, 2013. This year’s event, which was titled “Nd’nakweshkodaadimin: A Gathering of Anishinaabe Scholars,” was held in the Castle Board Room.

“We are proud to be able to host this event, to bring in a wide variety of scholars who have one thing in common—they are all Anishinaabe,” says Matthew L.M. Fletcher, professor of law and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at MSU Law.

The Honorable Leo I. Brisbois, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, will be the Kanji & Katzen keynote speaker.
Additional confirmed speakers and special guests include:

  • Keesic Douglas, Ojibway artist
  • Sharon M. Avery, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
  • Aimee Craft, Treaty Relations Committee of Manitoba
  • Jill Doerfler University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Cherie Dominic, Little Traverse Bay Bands Office of Citizens Legal Assistance
  • Frank Ettawageshik, United Tribes of Michigan
  • Janis Fairbanks, Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters
  • Anita Fineday, Indian Child Welfare Program for the Casey Family Programs
  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Hon. JoAnne Gasco, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Darcie Houck, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
  • Heather Howard, Michigan State University Department of Anthropology
  • Hon. Elizabeth Kronk Warner, University of Kansas Law
  • Scott Richard Lyons, University of Michigan
  • Hon. Allie Maldonado, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Dylan Miner, Michigan State University Indigenous Contemporary Art Initiative
  • Margaret Noodin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Hon. Michael Petoskey, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Nicholas Reo, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe
  • Victoria Sweet, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Hon. Monique Vondall, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Hon. John Wabaunsee, Prairie Band of Potawatomi of Kansas
  • Kyle Whyte, Michigan State University

For more information on this year’s conference, visit http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/indigenous-law-program.

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