The concept of sovereignty remains an important aspect of understanding federal Indian law and land claims. Any change in law or policy has a profound and long-lasting impact on Indian tribes.

Various federal, tribal, and state laws as well as executive actions and recent court decisions produce a rapidly evolving array of law and policy that affects Indian country. Explore these changes and more as the Federal Bar Association presents its 44th Annual Indian Law Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 11 – 12, 2019. This conference offers a new perspective on the challenges facing modern Native Americans in Indian country. Register today at  

The panel on the “Future of Indigenous Land Rights: Protecting the Homelands” will explore some of the most important land use issues of our time and the need for innovative solutions to help prevent further reductions in tribal land rights.  Tribal nations depend on their lands for their survival and spirituality. Yet, today tribal nations are struggling to keep their lands in trust, combat shrinking national monuments and environmental threats, and to protect their vulnerable resources.

Panelists Colby Duren (Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas), Tracy Canard Goodluck (Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office, U.S. Department of the Interior), Honor Keeler (Utah Dine Bikeyah), and Samuel Kohn (Dentons US, LLP) will talk about their extensive experience and best practices for protecting tribal sovereignty and natural resources; enhancing tribal governance; and navigating federal environmental regulations. 

In “Treaty Fishing Rights and Sovereign Immunity at the Supreme Court,” speakers Adam H. Charnes (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), David S. Hawkins (Upper Skagit Indian Tribe), and Maryanne Mohan (Office of the Tribal Attorney, Suquamish Tribe) will discuss three recent Indian law cases at the Supreme Court: United States v. Washington (the “Culverts case”), Upper Skagit Tribe v. Lundgren, and Wilkes v. Poarch Band.

The aforementioned cases involve important questions about treaty fishing rights (Culverts) and new developments regarding the scope of tribal sovereign immunity (Lundgren and Wilkes). This panel of attorneys representing tribal interests in these cases will address their experiences at the Supreme Court and the implications of these cases for all tribes nationwide. Additionally, attendees will hear from speakers who have substantial experience in representing tribes regarding land rights as well as hunting, fishing, and gathering rights.

Panelists at the Indian Law Conference specialize in applying the latest legal principles and policies regarding jurisdiction, land and resource acquisition, and environmental law throughout Indian country. Attendees of the Indian Law Conference will be able to draw connections between indigenous land rights, environmental protection, sovereignty, and human rights.  While the challenges that Indian tribes face are complex and varied, conference panelists have an intimate knowledge of Indian country and therefore can provide legal and strategic analysis on all of these critical issues.

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Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.