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Padraic McCoy to be Honored at 7th Annual Student/Alumni Breakfast Reception


Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel Carole Goldberg Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

UCLA’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center Invites you to our seventh annual Student/Alumni Breakfast Reception at the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference

Friday, April 12, 2013
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
NABA/FBA Annual Indian Law Conference
Pueblo of Pojoaque Hilton
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Honoring Padraic McCoy
UCLA School of Law Class of 2001
First graduate of the JD/MA in Law and American Indian Studies Program
Recipient of the Native Nations Distinguished Alumnus Award


The 38th Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference will be held on Thursday-Friday, April 11-12, 2013 at Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Description: Description: Description: Carole E. GoldbergUCLA Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor, Academic  Personnel, Carole Goldberg receives the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Bar Association.

A member of the UCLA School of Law faculty for nearly four decades, Carole is the Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the joint degree program in law and American Indian studies at UCLA, where she teaches federal Indian law, tribal legal systems, the tribal legal development clinic, the tribal appellate court clinic and civil procedure. Carole served as associate dean of the School of Law (1984-89 and 1991-92) and as vice chair (1992-93) and chair (1993-94) of the UCLA Academic Senate, a member of the Council on Academic Personnel (2008-11) and on numerous other university and Academic Senate committees.

Professor Goldberg also serves as a justice of the Court of Appeals of the Hualapai Tribe and as a hearing officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Through her work with UCLA’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic, she has helped Indian nations draft their constitutions, legal codes and intergovernmental agreements. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Indian Law and Order Commission, a congressionally created body that will study and recommend ways to improve Indian country criminal justice.

Carole holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College and a J.D. from Stanford University. She is co-author of a casebook in the field of federal Indian law, American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System (6th ed. 2010) and co-editor and co-author of the 1982 and 2005 editions of the leading treatise in the field, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. She has published articles and books on a wide range of subjects in federal Indian law and tribal law, including state jurisdiction on reservations under Public Law 280, individual rights issues in Indian country, and the constitutionality of federal and state classifications favoring Indians. Her most recent books are Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe’s Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries (co-edited, 2010) and Indian Law Stories (co-edited, 2010). She and UCLA professor Duane Champagne are co-authors of a major report, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice under Public Law 280 (2008), and recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a nationwide study of the administration of criminal justice in Indian country.



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Guest Lecture by Professor Deborah Miranda author of “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir”
Tuesday, April 16
Bunche Hall 2209A
12:30 – 1:45 PM

This beautiful and devastating book — part tribal history, part lyric and intimate memoir should be required reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. The result is a work of literary art that is wise, angry, and playful all at once, a compilation that will break your heart and teach you to see the world anew.

Professor Miranda is associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University.

Description: Description: Description: Poaching of Our Wildest Dreams: Indigenous Peoples, Predation and the Law
Thursday, April 25, 4 6 PM
UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Lecture Hall 1200
Reception to Follow

Julian Aguon is an indigenous Chamoru activist, attorney, and author. His specialty area is international human rights and while his work is anchored in his home Guam, he actively works to promote the wellbeing of indigenous peoples of the larger Micronesian region and Oceania as a whole. He lives in Tumhom, Guam.

Presented by the American Indian Studies Center (AISC) and Asian American Studies Center (AASC) as part of the UCLA Environmental Justice (EJ) Initiative.
Co-sponsors: UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the UCLA Library, UCLA College of Letters and Science, Division of Social Sciences, and the UCLA International Institute.

Concealed Aspects of the Seminole Wars, 1816-1858
Friday, April 26
11:00 AM 11:50 AM

Renowned author and journalist TD Allman will present on concealed aspects of the Seminole Wars, a bloody but now largely forgotten episode of ethnic cleansing in the United States.

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, T.D. Allman won fame as a war correspondent in Indochina. He has written or co-authored more than ten books, and has reported from some 90 countries. His by-line has appeared in most of the major publications of the world, ranging from The Economist to the Readers Digest, The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Guardian and Le Monde. He currently is best known for his articles in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and the National Geographic.


Description: Description: Description: Making of Saint Kateri - The First American Indian Saint of the Catholic Church
Saturday, April 27, 11 AM – 1 PM
American Indian Families Partnership
5809 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90042
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to 323-274-1070

On Sunday, October 21, 2012, Catherine "Kateri" Tekakwitha, became the first American Indian to be canonized a saint of the Catholic Church. Who was Kateri and what significance does her sainthood hold for American Indian Christians today?

Please join Clementine Bordeaux and Rebecca Rosser for a discussion of this historic event. Rebecca will give a brief overview of Tekakwitha's life, and Clementine will present photographs and screen clips from the video diary she is making of the canonization.


Description: Description: Description: Description: 28th Annual UCLA Pow Wow
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, 2013
UCLA North Athletic Field

Presented by the American Indian Students Association
Open to the Public and Free Admission
Parking Available in Lot 4 and 7 - $11/Day

For more information, please contact:
UCLA Pow Wow Committee
3201 Campbell Hall, Box 951548
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1548
Office #: 310-206-7513 (answering machine) 


Description: Description: Description: Justice: A Community Perspective
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 4 5:30pm
Robin Cannon and Carl Maida

Organizing Sponsors:
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
UCLA Insitute of American Culture
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Environmental Justice Initiative Co-sponsors and Lecture Hosts:
UCLA American Indian Studies Center
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
UCLA Library


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Thursday, May 23, 2013
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Location TBA

Join us for a discussion by Professor Mishuana Goeman on her new book, Mark My Words: Native Women (Re)mapping Our Nations in conversation with Professor Jessica Cattelino.



American Indian Studies Graduation
Friday, June 14
Time and Location TBD

Honoring the class of 2013



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