Native Nations Events


Addressing critical public policy issues facing Native tribes through timely programs.

The Native Nations Law & Policy Center offers many events that address critical public policy issues facing Native tribes.

To stay up to date with plans for future events, contact nativenationslaw@law.ucla.edu.

Flyer for A Coalition of Lineages: The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians


Book Talk: A Coalition of Lineages: The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 12:15pm - 1:30pm PST, Via Zoom

Please join us for a webinar for a new book authored by NNLPC's Founding Director, Professor Carole Goldberg and Professor Duane Champagne.

The Indigenous people who were brought to Mission San Fernando, northwest of present-day Los Angeles, came from autonomous, lineage-based villages, connected through ceremonies, trade, and intermarriage. Our new book, "A Coalition of Lineages," depicts the dispossession, attempted detribalization, persistence, and multicultural adaptations of these lineages, including formation of an overlapping Mission Indian identity and tribal organization. Although most histories of mission Indians end with the closing of the missions, our book presents powerful evidence that the Fernandeño tribal community has continued into the present. Even as a Tribe seeking federal recognition, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians has successfully pursued economic development, social welfare for its members, and engagement with federal, state, and local governments.

You can purchase the book here: https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/a-coalition-of-lineages


Upcoming Fall 2021 Events

TLDC Highlight: The Need for Confidentiality within Tribal Cultural Resource Protection

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Via Zoom, register here: https://ucla.in/3AhoyKQ

NNLPC Fall 2021 Speaker Series: Indigenous Peacemaking at the Intersection of Law and Culture

Tuesday, October 26
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Law School Room 1314

NNLPC Fall 2021 Speaker Series: The Ascension of Tribal Cultural Property Law

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Via Zoom, register here: https://ucla.in/39aoIb3

 

Event Recordings

  • 2021 Events

    McGirt v. Oklahoma: Reflections on a Landmark Case and What We’ve Learned So Far

    McGirt v. Oklahoma: Reflections on a Landmark Case and What We’ve Learned So Far

    FEBRUARY 16, 2021

    Video

    The groundbreaking case of McGirt v. Oklahoma (2020) altered the landscape of criminal jurisdiction within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation. Join us for a provocative conversation with the legal pioneers working on the front lines for more than six months now and hear their reflections on both successes and on-going challenges.
    Guest speakers: Jonodev Chaudhuri, Ambassador, Muscogee (Creek) Nation; Sara Hill, Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation; Stacy Leeds, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law
    Moderated By: Angela R. Riley, Director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center, UCLA School of Law


    United States v. Cooley: Threats to Tribal Police Power and Native Governance

    Poster from United States v. Cooley: Threats to Tribal Police Power and Native Governance

    MARCH 11, 2021

    Video

    On March 23rd the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in US v. Cooley, a case addressing the scope of tribal police officers' power to temporarily detain and search non-Indians traveling through the reservation and suspected of violating state or federal law. Join us for a lively and gripping conversation with a remarkable panel of Indian country lawyers involved in the case as they discuss the legal and practical implications of Cooley's outcome for public safety on reservations.


    Launch Event!
    United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Tribal Implementation Toolkit

    Poster from United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Tribal Implementation Toolkit

    APRIL 12, 2021

    Video

    The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a standard-setting document that recognizes that Indigenous Peoples have rights to self-determination, equality, property, culture, religious freedom, health, and economic well-being, among many others. It calls on States to undertake legal reform that will remedy past violations and ensure current protections for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The "Tribal Implementation Toolkit," produced in collaboration between the Native American Rights Fund, the University of Colorado Law School, and UCLA Law's Tribal Legal Development Clinic, considers how tribes can support and implement the Declaration through tribal lawmaking.

    Learn more about the toolkit and the project to implement: https://un-declaration.narf.org/


    Roundtable Debrief on the Cooley Oral Argument at the Supreme Court

    Poster from Roundtable Debrief on the Cooley Oral Argument at the Supreme Court

    APRIL 29, 2021

    Video

    Join our expert panel as we debrief on the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments of U.S. v. Cooley regarding the extent of tribal police powers.

  • 2020 Events

    Tribal Legal Development Clinic Brown Bag Lunch Series

    MAY 29, 2020
    Indian Child Welfare Act Constitutionality and Litigation Trends
    Kate Fort
    , Director, Indian Law Clinic, Michigan State University College of Law
    Video

    JUNE 5, 2020
    Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
    Ethel Branch
    , Kanji & Katzen
    Video

    JUNE 12, 2020
    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
    Intersection of Cultural Resource and Environmental Protection
    Geneva E. B. Thompson
    , Associate General Counsel, Yurok Tribe
    Video

    JUNE 26, 2020
    McGirt Debrief
    Riyaz Kanji
    , Kanji & Katzen and Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law, Michigan State University
    Video

    JULY 10, 2020
    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


    Red Rising: Indigenous Peoples and Political Participation Series

    SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
    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
    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
    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
    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

News
See All
Aug 26, 2021

An ‘Opportunity to Give Back’: First Graton Scholars Arrive at UCLA Law

Read More
Apr 28, 2021

Tribal Clinic Develops Toolkit to Help Indigenous Peoples Assert Their Rights

Read More