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Indian Land Tenure Foundation Sponsors Speaker Series at University of Montana

Posted 01/18/11

UM Payne Family Native American Center, February 10 – March 30, 2011

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation will sponsor a speaker series held at the University of Montana’s Payne Family Native American Center from February 10 to March 30, 2011. The series will focus on contemporary land issues in Indian Country, casting a light on our relationship to the earth and the management of Indian trust land.

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The speaker series schedule is as follows:

Presentations will be followed by a speaker reception at 5:30 in the PFNAC Bonnie Heavy Runner Gathering Space.

Thursday, February 10, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado at Boulder law professor and author, will participate in an interview and live KBGA radio broadcast discussing American Indian land issues in the 21st century. He’ll also discuss and sign copies of his new book, The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon.

Wednesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Marcella Giles ( Muscogee Creek), a leading oil and gas attorney representing Indian landowners, steps forward to talk about what every American Indian land allottee needs to know -- and needs to ask -- about ownership and management of their trust land. 

Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  
Narcisse Blood (Blood), scholar and former director of Kainai studies, Red Crow Community College in Stand Off, Alberta, will share his knowledge of indigenous languages. He will discuss how the language of our ancestors explains our relationship to the earth and our communities. 

Wednesday, March 9, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Cris Stainbrook (Oglala Lakota), president of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation in Little Canada, Minnesota, will address Indian land consolidation and the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA), concerns for landowners across Indian Country. 

Wednesday, March 23, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Elouise Cobell (Blackfeet) lead plaintiff in the Cobell v. Salazar lawsuit, will address progress made in the historic Claims Resolution Act of 2010. After 14 years of litigation, the landmark settlement was signed into law by President Obama in January 2011. 

Wednesday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Julie Cajune (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), executive director, Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College, will present the Indian land tenure curriculum, Lessons of Our Land. 

For more information, email Jodi Rave or visit


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