Native Law Conference Explores Native Economic and Cultural Issues March 26

Friday, March 26 2010 at 8:30 AM

MOSCOW, Idaho – Over the last several decades, tribes in Idaho and across the nation have become economic partners and economic engines within their regions. As tribes rebuild their commercial networks, the legal infrastructure surrounding tribal economics has become increasingly important.

The University of Idaho College of Law’s Native American Law Conference, set for Friday, March 26, will explore the use of legal frameworks to balance tribal values, tribal institutions and tribal economics. The 2010 event is titled, “Living in Balance: Tribal Nation Economics and Law.” A schedule of presentations and events is available at The conference is sponsored by the James E. Rogers American Indian Law Fund.

As federal policies have shifted to supporting tribal self-determination and greater autonomy, tribal nations have responded by entering into financial markets and taking control of developing their natural resources. These exciting developments will be explored by renowned scholars participating in the event.

This conference is free and open to the public. Interested persons may register online at Idaho Marketplace, Lawyers seeking CLE credit may register for 3.0 credits from the Idaho State Bar Association or the Washington State Bar Association.

The event will open with a welcome from College of Law Dean Don Burnett and introduction by associate professor of law and conference organizer Angelique EagleWoman, followed by a welcome from Nez Perce Chairman Samuel Penney.

The media is invited to schedule interviews in advance of the event with University of Idaho and visiting Native American law experts.

Contact information is available upon request for the following experts participating in the Native American Law Conference, and from alumni currently practicing tribal law:

• Angelique EagleWoman: Expertise in Native American law and Native American curriculum. University of Idaho College of Law associated professor and founder of the Native American law focus in the college, EagleWoman was recognized in January 2010 as one of 12 emerging national scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. She joined the University of Idaho Law faculty in 2008. EagleWoman is the main architect and director of the Native American Law Conference.

• Gabriel "Gabe" Galanda: Expertise in Native Tribe’s economic sovereignty and sustainability. Galanda is a descendent of the Nomlaki and Concow Tribes, enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and member in Williams Kastner's Tribal Practice Group (Seattle office). Galanda will deliver the keynote address, “Indian Economic Sovereignty and Sustainability.”

• Matthew L.M. Fletcher: Expertise in the historical relationship of the U.S. Federal Government and Native tribes. Fletcher is an associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law and director of its Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He will present, “The Supreme Court and the Economics of Tribal Resistance.”

• Stacy Leeds: Expertise in tribal Law and government. Leeds is a professor of law and director of the Tribal Law and Government Center, University of Kansas School of Law. Leeds’ presentation is titled, “The Significant Role of Tribal Courts for Tribal Economics.”

• Robert J. Miller: Expertise in tribal economics. Miller is a professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon. Miller’s Presentation is titled, “Tribal Economics from an Indigenous Perspective.”

Selected Idaho Law Alumni in Serving in Native American Courts:
• William Bacon, General Counsel, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes:

• Helaman Hancock, Legislative Director and Tribal Attorney, Coeur d’Alene Tribe:

• Cynthia Jordan, Judge, Coeur d’Alene Tribe:

• Julie Kane, Managing Attorney, Nez Perce Tribe legal Office:
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit