Good Native Governance: Innovative Research in Law, Education, and Economic Development

A conference sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center showcasing innovative research around the theme of Good Native Governance, with a focus on law, education, and economic development. Additionally, three concurrent breakout panels will focus on California issues: Gaming, Constitutions, and Cultural Resources.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
6 PM – 8 PM
Hotel Angeleno
West Lounge

Friday, March 7, 2014
8 AM – 6 PM
UCLA School of Law
Room 1357

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Keynote Speakers

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
Professor, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

Panelists & Moderators:

  • Randall Akee
    Assistant Professor of Public Policy, UCLA
  • Sherry Salway Black
    Director, National Congress of American Indians
  • Kristen A. Carpenter
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Jason Camp
    Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, United Auburn Indian Community
  • Jill Doerfler
    Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Matthew L.M.Fletcher
    Professor of Law, Michigan State University
  • Carole Goldberg
    Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel and Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA
  • Miriam Jorgensen
    Research Director, Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy
  • Tiffany S. Lee
    Associate Professor of Native American Studies, The University of New Mexico
  • Devon Lomayesva
    In-house Counsel, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Teresa McCarty
    Professor of Education and GF Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology
  • Marshall McKay
    Tribal Council Chairman, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
  • Robert Miller
    Professor of Law, Arizona State University
  • Sheilah E. Nicholas
    Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Teaching Learning & Sociocultural Studies
  • Reginald Pagaling
    Tribal Elder, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Angela R. Riley
    Professor of Law and Director, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA
  • Victor Rocha
  • Addie Rolnick
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Alexander Tallchief Skibine
    Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
  • Melissa L. Tatum
    Research Professor of Law and Director, Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Jonathan Taylor
    President, The Taylor Policy Group, Inc.
  • Wendy Teeter
    Curator of Archaeology, UCLA Fowler Museum
  • William Wood
    Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
  • Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz
    Program Officer, Wakanyeja "Sacred Little Ones" Early Childhood Education Initiative

Registration Information:

Pre-registration will close on March 4, 2014. Walk-ins are welcomed to register on the day of the conference.

To register, please visit our Eventbrite page at Pre-registration is highly encouraged to insure adequate space is provided for all our guests.

UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity qualifies for 2.75 hours of general MCLE credit.

This conference is also co-sponsored by the UCLA School of Law, UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies Program, and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and UCLA Department of Public Policy.

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The UCLA American Indian Studies Center would like to thank our generous sponsors for making this conference possible.

University of California, Office of the President

UCLA School of Law

UCLA Institute of American Culture

UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies (CRS)

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

UCLA Department of Public Policy

UCLA Center for the Study of Women

UCLA Department of English

UCLA Department of Gender Studies



UCLA is a tobacco-free campus. All-day parking ($13) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lot 2 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). For more information, call 310-825-7315.