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2022 Indian Law Conference

2022 Indian Law Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association and Minnesota CLE

Friday, May 6, 2022
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, May 6, 2022
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Empowering Attorneys, Advocates and Tribal Leaders
National and local experts provide the latest updates and guidance on legal and policy developments affecting Indian tribes, tribal businesses, tribal members and Indian lawyers. Topics include:

  • Environmental Advocacy Update
  • Tribal Economic Development Update
  • Sports Betting and Tribal Rights
  • The Fundamentals of Practicing in Tribal Court
  • Examining the Indian Child Welfare Act
  • And Much More!


Schedule & Faculty

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Prayer and Welcome

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
2022 Case Law Update
An update of recent decisions and cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, 7th & 8th Circuits, and Minnesota state courts and the implications these cases have for your clients and tribal nations.
– Judge Colette Routel

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources – Environmental Advocacy Update
With the lack of treaty rights enforcement by the federal government and federal agencies, Tribal Nations often are required to litigate to enforce treaty rights impacted by federal projects or federally-permitted projects. This panel will discuss treaty right litigation over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the Keystone XL pipeline (canceled by the Biden Administration), and the replacement Enbridge Line 3 pipeline permitted in Minnesota.
– Professor Angelique EagleWoman & Chase Iron Eyes

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thriving While Native American – Tribal Economic Development Update
From Tesla’s showroom on Nambè Pueblo land, to hemp cultivation in Northern Minnesota, tribes and tribal members are seeking new non-gaming economic opportunities and re-imagining traditional non-gaming enterprises. Join our esteemed panel for insight into the legal, tax, governance, financial and business considerations for sustained growth and stability through community and diversification.
– Lance G. Morgan

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
The Impact of the New Reporting Requirement for Attorneys
0.5 ethics credit applied for
Maintaining your license to practice law is a fundamental professional responsibility of every attorney. Beginning in 2022, attorneys have 3 new questions to answer when completing the annual attorney registration statement. Get the facts about this new requirement, what it means, and how to fulfill your professional responsibility while making a difference for tribal communities.
– Susan L. Allen, Cody B. Nelson & Natasha M. Melchionne

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Honoring of Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Sarah I. Wheelock
Provided to in-person attendees
Lunch by The Sioux Chef Catering

1:45– 2:45 p.m.
Elimination of Bias – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Injustice and Transforming the Justice System
1.0 elimination of bias credit applied for
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force report to the legislature found that, American Indian women and girls make up 1% of the state’s population, and from 2010 through 2018, 8% of all murdered women and girls in Minnesota were American Indian. As a result of their report to the legislature, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office was established to lead a community effort to address missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives’ injustice. The office will work with the 11 sovereign tribal nations in Minnesota; urban native community organizations; federal, state, and local law enforcement; federal and state agencies; and community-based organizations and advocates. Similarly, the rate of Native Americans killed in police encounters is higher than any other ethnic group, and there are statistically significant disparities in rates of incarceration and probation revocation for American Indians. This vital session discusses next steps for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office and transforming the justice system to provide just and equitable treatment for all.
– Jack G. Rice & Juliet L. Rudie

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Protecting Native Families and Communities – Examining the Indian Child Welfare Act
This session addresses important developments, issues, policies and considerations for Native American families and communities as the Supreme Court gets ready to hear Brackeen v. Halaand.
– Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Sports Betting and Tribal Rights

Tribal government and business leaders are actively involved in the debate and decisions around legalized sports betting in Minnesota. Get insight and information on the latest developments and the issues tribes are considering on this matter.
– Philip M. Brodeen & Jessie Stomski Seim

Tribal Practice – A Practitioner’s Guide to the Land into Trust Process

Harness the knowledge and expertise of experienced counsel in this practical focused look at issues commonly encountered in the trust acquisition process and best practices for anticipating and resolving challenges.
– Shauna L. Coons & Forrest Tahdooahnippah 

Tribal Practice – The Fundamentals of Practicing in Tribal Court

Get expert guidance to enhance your effectiveness when appearing and practicing before tribal courts and their governing bodies. This is a great session for those with limited tribal court experience or the seasoned tribal court practitioner looking for a refresher.
– Judge Vanya S. Hogen & Leah Jurrs

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