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Building a Vision for the Future – 25th Anniversary Speaker Series (Free TLPI Event)


November 16, 2021 2:00 pm

Hosted by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute




Building a Vision for the Future focuses on the third part of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute’s 25th anniversary theme of Celebrating our Journey; Honoring our Relatives; and Building a Vision for the Future. What does it mean to seriously envision decolonized tribal justice systems? As young Native people enter the fields of tribal and federal Indian law and policy, many are questioning the colonized foundations of these fields. Tensions between individual and collective rights, federal laws that force Tribal Nations to be reactive as opposed to proactive, and criminal justice systems that reward prison development are among the many issues being scrutinized by young Native scholars. This webinar features a panel of Tribal scholars and justice system practitioners that will dive into what a decolonized future might look like, including topics such as compliance with the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, possible expansion of current limited tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians under VAWA’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ), possible lessons learned through the Inter-Tribal Working Group (ITWG) process that has been used by tribes to assist with the implementation of VAWA SDVCJ, implementing meaningful restorative justice, and building a decolonized tribal justice system focused on tribal values.
  • Abby Abinanti – Chief Judge, Yurok Tribe
  • Sarah Deer – University Distinguished Professor, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies – School of Public Affairs & Administration, University of Kansas
  • Lauren van Schilfgaarde – Director, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic, UCLA School of Law; Co-Chair, Native American Concerns Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Pat Sekaquaptewa – Affiliated, Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Kelly Stoner (Facilitator) – Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy InstituteBuilding a Vision for the Future
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