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Panels included “Federalism and Division of Powers I: The Effects of Nevada v. Hicks,” on which University of Pennsylvania Law School assistant professor Catherine Struve and Gloria Valencia- Weber of the University of New Mexico discussed the impact of federal laws on the rights to sovereignty on Indian lands. “Federalism and Division of Powers II: Indian Country and the Supreme Court” for which Carol Tebben of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Frank Pommersheim of the University of South Dakota addressed issues of trifederalism and tribal sovereignty. “Tensions Between Individual and Group Rights” presented by Eric Cheyfitz, and Rebecca Tsosie of Arizona State, moderated by Penn Law assistant professor Nathaniel Persily and including remarks by Keith Harper of the Native American Rights Fund. The final panel presented was “Sacred Sites and Objects of Indigenous Groups” moderated by Sarah Barringer Gordon, Professor of Law and History at Penn, and presented by Richard Collins of the University of Colorado, Eileen Shimizu of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and Robert Clinton of Arizona State University.

The symposium concluded with a viewing of “Whose Child is This” (1994, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) which documents the practice of white families adopting Native American children and removing them permanently from tribal influences. Afterward Maillard and fellow students Sarah Katz 2L and Alva Mather 1L, also a joint JD/Ph.D. candidate, led a discussion about how Indian law is different from federal law and how Native Americans deal with dual citizenship.

Following the Symposium, the American Indian Law Forum hosted Patty Marks, Counsel for the Eastern Pequot Nation in Connecticut, for the presentation of “Federal Recognition Process: Authentication and Rights in Tribal Formation.”

Kevin Maillard graduated in May and is presently an associate in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Maillard examines the tensions between individual and group conceptions of identity as defined by law in his doctoral thesis at the University of Michigan.

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