Harvard Law School Hosts Indian Law Conference

Conference Poster

With support of the Oneida Nation, Harvard Law School and Oneida Nation Visiting Law Chair Professor Robert Anderson put together a conference that highlighted the work that practitioners are engaged in with Indian Law. The conference featured a hosts of speakers and panelists that ranged from academics, Indian lawyers, tribal legal representatives, and federal practitioners. The theme of the conference was, "Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Indian Nations and the Law."

Professor Anderson

The morning's first panel included moderation from Sara Krakoff from the University of Colorado Law School, with Natalie Landreth representing the Native American Rights Fund and tribal attorney, Jeanne Whiteing. The focus of their remarks was on natural resources protection and development. After which, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior - Indian Affairs and University of New Mexico Law Professor, Kevin Washburn, and former Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, joined the panel to offer comments based on their previous experience working in the Obama administration.


Keynote speaker remarks for the day were delivered by National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Director, Kevin Gover.

Kevin Gover

The final panel of the day featured a discussion on tribal sovereignty as it related to land claims. Moderated by Professor Anderson, the panel included Ethel Branch, Navajo Nation Attorney General, Arlinda Locklear who practices Indian Law is based in Washington, DC, Matthew Fletcher from Michigan State Law School, and John Echohawk, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund.

Sovereignty Panel
Photo credit: Turtle Talk, Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law