Thursday, March 9, 2006
DC Presentation: New Scholarship in Race and Ethnicity -- Reforming Criminal Justice for Indian Tribes
March 14 2006, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Event Details One of the perhaps unanticipated side effects of the 1960s’ War on
Poverty was an increase in the self-determination of Indian tribes.
Treating the tribes as grassroots organizations, the Office of Economic
Opportunity directed money to them so that they could begin exercising
various governmental functions that had formerly been the purview of
the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. According to Prof. Kevin
Washburn, the result was that “to a significant extent, modern tribal
governments were born from the War on Poverty programs.”
Indian self-determination, however, is now at a crossroads. The tribes still lack control over felonies on Indian reservations. This is important, Washburn asserts, because “criminal law is the institution in which communities set out their most important values about how people should treat one another…one of the key institutions through which the community works to change the way it thinks about certain activities.”
Join us for this discussion of federal Indian policy and the ways in which it might be altered.
Woodrow Wilson Center,
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004 -3027
Directions are available at our web site at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Please allow extra time for security; a picture ID is required. Admission to the discussion and the reception are free but seating is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the speakers:
Kevin K. Washburn, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, has taught at the law schools of the University of Nebraska and the University of New Mexico.
Dan M. Kahan is Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Deputy Dean at Yale Law School.
Alexander Tallchief Skibine, Professor of Law at the University
of Utah, is a member of the Osage Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.