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The drives for self-determination and self-government are reinvigorating indigenous conceptions of such matters as government, citizenship, and their attendant rights and responsibilities. For most indigenous peoples, the political entity known as the tribe or nation is itself an instrument of the community. It is the community that matters, and the community consists of persons who share identity and interwoven obligations arising from their social and cultural relationships. These relationships commonly include kinship ties, cultural practices, and values, history, connections to specific lands, and other elements. The community’s political entity – e.g., the tribal government – is the locus of formalized tribal self-government and a vehicle that directly engages with the United States or other governmental bodies.
But the relationships that matter most are the ones not between citizens and the tribal state but among citizens themselves. These are the ties that give identity, meaning and life to the community. The political structure of the nation or tribe emerges out of those relationships as a tool for survival and self-defense, a means of organizing aspects of social, political, and economic life, and a vehicle for the promotion of shared interests.
Stephen Cornell and Joseph P. Kalt, “From Tribal Members to Native Nation Citizens,” in Norbert Hill and Kathleen Ratteree, Eds., The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations, Fulcrum Publishing (In Press May 2017).
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Diandra D. Benally, General Counsel, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Bernadine Burnette, President, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Carol Evans, Chairwoman, Spokane Tribe of Indians
Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law and Director Indigenous Law & Policy Center. Michigan State University
Reno Keoni Franklin, Chairman, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians
Gabriel Galanda (Round Valley Indian Tribes of California), Managing Partner, Galanda Broadman Law Firm
Joseph Hamilton (invited), Chairman, Ramona Band of Mission (Cahuilla) Indians
Robert Alan Hershey, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Education University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
Norbert Hill, Oneida Trust and Enrollment Committee
Miriam Jorgensen, M.P.P., Ph.D., Research Director Native Nations Institute
Verlon Jose, Vice Chairman, Tohono O'odham Nation
Joseph Kalt, Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of International and Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard University
Dr. Richard Luarkie, Former Governor, Laguna Pueblo
Oren Lyons (invited), Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs. Haudenosaunee Confederacy
Edward Manuel, Chairman, Tohono O’odham Nation
Pamela Palmater, Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance. Ryerson University
Patricia Riggs, MBA, Citizen of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
Kawika Riley, Chief Advocate, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Lorinda Riley, University of Hawai'i at West O'ahu in Public Administration
Greg Sarris, Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Wenona Singel, Associate Professor of Law & Associate Director of the Indigneous Law & Policy Center. Michigan State University College of Law
Joan Timeche, MBA, Executive Director, Native Nations Institute
Rebecca Tsosie, Regents Professor of Law University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and Special Advisor to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Robert Valencia, Chairman, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Kevin K. Washburn, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs/ Regents Professor of Law. University of New Mexico School of Law
David Wilkins, Professor of American Indian Studies. University of Minnesota
Robert A. Williams, Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor for Law and Faculty Chair. University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy ProgramHotel Reservations
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