Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy to present at American Indian Tourism Conference on tribal intellectual and cultural property

This week NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy is in Tulsa, Oklahoma to present at the 15th annual American Indian Tourism Conference.  Melody will be presenting on tribal intellectual and cultural property, which offers unique opportunities and concerns for tribes and tribal enterprises.  Melody’s session will provide a basic overview of intellectual and cultural property's legal rights and remedies.  It also will demonstrate in an interactive manner how tribal concerns regarding intellectual and cultural property may be addressed.  For more information on the conference, click here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NARF Staff Attorney Heather Kendall-Miller presents at University of Washington School of Law's 26th Annual Indian Law Symposium




Last week NARF Staff Attorney Heather Kendall-Miller presented at the University of Washington School of Law's 26th Annual Indian Law Symposium.  Heather presented on a panel discussing Alaska hunting and fishing rights, along with former NARF Staff Attorney, Professor Robert Anderson.

Since 1987, the University of Washington School of Law has brought together Indian Law practitioners, tribal leaders, governmental officials and scholars for the annual Symposium addressing current issues in Indian Law.  To learn more about the Symposium, click here

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy to present at 2013 Native Nations Law Symposium


On Friday, September 13, NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy will present at the 2013 Native Nations Law Symposium at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Casino and Resort in Mayetta, Kansas, owned and operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.  The Symposium will cover a variety of current issues in federal Indian law and Melody will give a federal case law update.  To view the full Symposium agenda, click here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issues opinion in Klamath Claims Committee v. United States


On August 23, 2013, a federal court of appeals agreed with a brief submitted by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in Klamath Claims Committee v. United States and affirmed that it is the Klamath Tribes and not the Klamath Claims Committee (KCC) that determines what claims will be brought on behalf of the Klamath Tribes and its members. In this case, the KCC had appealed the dismissal of its claims by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the United States sought affirmance of that dismissal on the grounds that the KCC’s claims are really claims of the Klamath Tribes and the Tribes is a sovereign that cannot be joined or sued without its consent. NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy represented the Klamath Tribes of Oregon as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in support of the United States.

In affirming the dismissal of KCC's case, the Court of Appeals also rejected KCC’s claim that money in a trust account held by the United States for the benefit of the Tribes should be paid to KCC’s attorneys. The Court of Appeals made clear that it is “axiomatic that the sovereign Tribes may choose which of its branches and agents can bring suit on its behalf to vindicate its rights or the rights of its members. If certain members of the Tribes disagree with that choice, they should seek relief in tribal court or through the Tribal Council.”

For a copy of the opinion, click here.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Save the Date – NARF to host Walter Echo-Hawk for a discussion of his new book, In The Light of Justice


Author and former NARF Staff Attorney Walter Echo-Hawk will sign copies of his newest book, In The Light of Justice, at NARF’s office at 1506 Broadway in Boulder, Colorado on Friday, October 18, 2013.  Mr. Echo-Hawk will also speak about writing the book and read an excerpt from it. 

The new book, subtitled “The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” is already receiving praise from experts:

“All Indian Nations should take heed of this book!  It is devoted to the proposition that Native American rights are inherent and inalienable human rights.” - Wallace Coffey, Chairman, Comanche Nation 

“. . . he is also a masterful story teller, weaving an Indigenous cultural narrative throughout that is profound, moving and quite powerful. This book is a must-read for students and scholars of Federal Indian law, as well as the leaders and advocates that serve Indian Country.” - Rebecca Tsosie, Professor of Law, Arizona State University

Please join us at 5:30pm on October 18, 2013 for this not-to-be-missed event!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk authors guest post with Jefferson Keel on Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community and the U.S. Supreme Court



Today NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk authored a guest post on Turtle Talk with Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, regarding Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Turtle Talk is the blog for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law.  To read the post on Turtle Talk, click here

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk to appear on Native America Calling



On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk will appear on Native America Calling for a show entitled, "We Won!"  In describing the program, Native America Calling says:

"Sometimes it seems like the challenges of life in Indian Country are overwhelming. How often do we stop, reflect and celebrate our victories? We wanted to take the time to tell some victory stories, no matter how big or small, throughout Native America. We'll celebrate language revival on the Fort Peck Reservation, check in on the latest win for the Native American Rights Fund and hear how a fashion collaboration was created after a clothing line was held accountable for the use of Native imagery. What victory can you share? Both personal and community victories are welcome."
 
To learn about how to participate or listen, follow this link.