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Native Nations Law & Policy Center

A renowned resource in support of Native Nations, UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center advances Indian nations’ laws and institutions while promoting cultural resource protections.

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Tribal Justice

The Native Nations Law & Policy Center connects students to Native American communities to strengthen legal systems on tribal lands while protecting and advancing tribal cultural and legal values.

Through clinical programs led by eminent faculty, the Native Nations Law & Policy Center addresses critical public policy issues facing Native tribes while offering students invaluable opportunities for legal training. Our Tribal Legal Development Clinic serves Native American communities directly, providing legal expertise and support to those most in need, while students engage with tribal leaders, officers and attorney to contribute services to Indian tribes. Additionally, a joint J.D./M.A. degree in American Indian Studies offers an integrated study program to produce law graduates with a rich understanding of tribal cultures.

Student Opportunities

Event Recordings

  • 2020 Events

    MAY 29, 2020
    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Indian Child Welfare Act Constitutionality and Litigation Trends
    Kate Fort
    , Director, Indian Law Clinic, Michigan State University College of Law
    Video

    JUNE 5, 2020
    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
    Ethel Branch
    , Kanji & Katzen
    Video

    JUNE 12, 2020
    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of  Indigenous Peoples
    Kristen Carpenter
    , Council Tree Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
    Video

    JUNE 19, 2020
    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Intersection of Cultural Resource and Environmental Protection
    Geneva E. B. Thompson
    , Associate General Counsel, Yurok Tribe
    Video

    JUNE 26, 2020
    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series
    McGirt Debrief
    Riyaz Kanji
    , Kanji & Katzen and Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law, Michigan State University
    Video

    JULY 10, 2020
    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series
    Advocating for Indian Country: Policy & Litigation
    Derrick Beetso
    , General Counsel and Fatima Abbas, Director of Policy and Legislative Counsel, National Congress of American Indians
    Video

    SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
    Red Rising: Indigenous Peoples and Political Participation Series
    McGirt v. Oklahoma: A Mvskoke Triumph

    Moderated by Professor Angela R. Riley. Featuring: Ambassador Jonodev Chaudhuri, Ambassador, Muscogee (Creek) Nation; Professor Sarah Deer, Professor, University of Kansas; Dean Stacy Leeds, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas
    Video

    SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
    Red Rising: Indigenous Peoples and Political Participation Series
    The Execution of Lezmond Mitchell: Disdain for Life and Sovereignty

    Moderated by: Professor Angela R. Riley. Featuring; Jennifer Denetdale, Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico; Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law; Addie C. Rolnick, Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Carl Slater, Navajo Nation Council Delegate
    Video

    OCTOBER 2, 2020
    Red Rising: Indigenous Peoples and Political Participation Series: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    Moderated by Professor Angela R. Riley. Featuring: Kristen Carpenter, Council Tree Professor of Law & Director, American Indian Law Program, University of Colorado Law School; United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Walter Echohawk, President, Pawnee Business Council, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
    Video

    OCTOBER 15, 2020
    Red Rising: Indigenous Peoples and Political Participation Series: Indigenous Representation in Political Systems
    Representation is a core remedy for invisibility. This notably all-female panel will explore the barriers facing Indigenous women and political office, and the hope and tangible change that comes with piercing the representation ceiling. Representatives from both state and national offices will explore how their presence has impacted the offices they hold, and how, despite their constituency, they are called to represent all of Indian country.
    Moderated by Professor Angela R. Riley. Featuring: Representative Sharice Davids; Representative Ruth Buffalo; Senate Candidate Paulette Jordan;Tribal Advisor Christina Snider
    Video

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