23rd Annual Coming Together of Peoples Conference
The University of Wisconsin Law School and the Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) hosted the “23rd Annual Coming Together of Peoples Conference,” March 26-28, 2009 in Madison, WI.
The Conference featured a keynote presentation by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith. Chief Smith’s keynote address focused on the Cherokee Freedman removal from the Cherokee Nation’s citizenship rolls and the impact of the citizenship issue on tribal sovereignty.
Day One of the Conference was Friday, March 19th and featured a full-day of panels that focused on areas of legal concern impacting Indian Country, such as: The Financial Crisis in Indian Country; Witness Testimony in Indian Treaty Law; Tribal Citizenship; and Women in Law and Government. At the conclusion of Day One, ILSA hosted a Banquet Dinner at the Edgewater Hotel featuring the Pipestone Singers and Guest of Honor, Henry Buffalo.
March 20th was the final day of the Conference with panels that looked at significant issues in Indian Country. Panel topics included: Intertribal Jurisdictional Disputes; Intergovernmental Agreements and Cooperation; and Tribal Probate.
Thank you to everyone for making the Conference a tremendous success.