Tribal Sovereignty: A Global Perspective




“Tribal Sovereignty: A Global Perspective” Symposium



University of Oklahoma College of Law, Bell Courtroom



February 27, 2014



9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.


The University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review, Native American Studies program, and Native American Law Student Association present “Tribal Sovereignty: A Global Perspective” Symposium with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road in Norman.

This daylong symposium blends the richness of Native American and indigenous cultures with the unique legal issues facing Native peoples. The annual symposium has established itself as an important forum for scholars, practitioners, and tribal leaders to gather and exchange ideas about current problems facing indigenous communities.

This year’s symposium intends to highlight issues peoples face at the international and regional levels, including the ability of indigenous peoples to assert rights at the United Nations and the Organization of American States and the ability of tribes to engage economically on an international level. Symposium participants will also have the opportunity to take a Native American Art tour on display at the OU College of Law and experience musical entertainment by Native American musicians.

Parking will be available in the south lot of the College of Law.




Please click the link below to register for the Symposium.  The event is free to the public so no registration fee is required. 


Register Online

The OBA MCLE has approved this Symposium for 3.5 hours of credit.  If you wish to obtain CLE credit, please click here to complete a payment of $25.00 for CLE.



8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.


Opening Ceremony
“Honor the Light,” Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society


Joseph Harroz, Jr., Dean, College of Law

Theme and Overview of Symposium
Lindsay Robertson, Professor, College of Law
Dr. Gus Palmer, Jr., Interim Director, Native American Studies

9:30 a.m.


Keynote Address: “Engagement in Tribal/State/Federal Decision Making and Affairs”
George Tiger, Principal Chief, Muscogee Creek Nation

10:00 a.m.
Morning Break
10:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion: “Using Tribal Sovereignty – A Global Perspective”
Dr. James Collard, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomie Nation
George Tiger, Principal Chief, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
11:30 a.m.


General Session: “Critical Areas of International/Tribal/State Engagement: Why and How?”
Council of Fire Debate and Leadership Council
Native American Studies

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.


Lunch – Boren Atrium
Native American Art Collection Tour by Heather Ahtone

2:00 p.m.


Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Panel Discussion
Lindsay Robertson, Professor and Moderator, College of Law

Dinah Shelton, former Inter-American Commission Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
      and Professor, George Washington University Law School
Armstrong Wiggins (Miskito), Director of the Washington, D.C. office of the Indian Law Resource Center

3:00 p.m.

United Nations Panel Discussion
Evelyn Aswad, Professor and Moderator, College of Law
Neha Sheth, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Dieter Dörr, Professor, Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz
4:00 p.m. 
Afternoon Break
4:15 p.m.


Keynote Address
Jose Francisco Calí Tzay, Chair, UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

5:15 p.m.


Closing Remarks
Brittany Dowd, Editor-in-Chief, American Indian Law Review


Brittany Dowd
Editor-In-Chief, American Indian Law Review

Caroline Lewis
Symposium Editor, American Indian Law Review