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CON LAW JOURNAL EXAMINES NATIVE AMERICAN LAW & THE CONSTITUTION

Maillard

In 2001, when he was competing for a place on the board of the Journal of Constitutional Law second-year, joint degree student Kevin N. Maillard proposed the examination of Native American Law as a symposium topic. He was confident that the subject was overdue for consideration and he subsequently earned a place on the board as Symposium Editor. The Con Law Journal assembled leading scholars and activists from around the nation for a rigorous look at the issues over two days in February 2002. The symposium program examined issues of sovereignty and the Supreme Court, and allowed for a discussion of how Supreme Court decisions affect Native Americans.

There are several cases currently under review by the Supreme Court that involve issues of oil and gas exploration, natural resources use and conservation, gaming, civil rights, criminal justice, and equal protection. “At the bottom of these cases is money,” explains Maillard. “These are multibillion dollar cases and I don’t think a lot of people know that.”

 
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