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Overcoming Barriers Symposium Discusses Resolving Conflict in Indian Country March 7 at OU Law

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Evie Holzer, eholzer@ou.edu

NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review, Student Bar Association, Native American Law Student Association, and Native American Studies program present the Overcoming Barriers Symposium with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road in Norman.

This daylong symposium blends the richness of Native American culture with the profound legal landscapes facing America’s tribes. In addition, the symposium's afternoon programming provides 3.5 hours of free Continued Legal Education credits.

Some of the most renowned scholars and practitioners will exchange their wisdom on resolving intra-tribal conflict and defining jurisdictional boundaries. 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.

Symposium presenters include:
  - Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
  - David Mullon, Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  - Ed Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General of the United States
  - Leroy Sage Not Afraid, Justice of the Peace, Big Horn County, Montana
  - Tracy Toulou, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
  - Barbara Anne Smith, Honorable Supreme Court Justice, Chickasaw Nation
  - Michael Colbert Smith, Honorable Judge, Sac and Fox Nation

To register online and view the full symposium agenda, go to www.law.ou.edu/ailrsymposium. For additional information, contact Paige Hoster at paigehoster@ou.edu or Chris Thompson at christhompson@ou.edu.