Past Events

Past Events


Emerging Land Issues in Indian Country CLE 10/25/19

On October 25, 2019, the Indian Law Section of the Oregon State Bar hosted a CLE entitled: Emerging Land Issues in Indian Country at the University of Oregon School of Law. This CLE was co-sponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, University of Oregon School of Law.

Session 1: Tribal natural resource development, tribal energy resource
development, working with federal partners

Pilar Thomas, Lewis, Roca, Rothberger, Christie, LLP
Direlle Calica, Kanim Associates
Clyde Abrahamson, Spokane Indian Housing Authority

 Session 2: Impacts of climate change in Indian Country
Howie Arnett, Karnop Peterson, LLP
Carina Miller, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Weston LeMay, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (invited)

 Session 3: Diminished boundaries, treaty rights, and effect of statehood
Lauren King, Foster Pepper PLLC
Rebecca Nagle, host of the podcast “This Land”
Joe Sexton, Galanda Broadman, PLLC
2:30-2:45 Break

 Session 4: Native outdoor recreation industry
Len Necefer, American Indian Studies program & the Udall Center for Public
Policy, and NativesOutdoors
Leland Begay, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Celina Phair, Lummi Indian Business Council
Ellen Grover, Karnopp Petersen LLP

 Session 5: Access to Justice: Tribal Court and Tribal Member Civil Rights
Diane Henkels, Henkels Law LLC
Hon. Donald Costello, Coquille Indian Tribe
Moderator – Anthony Broadman, Galanda Broadman PLLC


Current Developments in Federal Indian Law CLE – 9/15/17

Please join us on Friday, September 15, at the Oregon State Bar Center for the Indian Law Section’s biannual day-long CLE on Indian law issues.  This CLE will provide both an introduction to Indian law and an update on specific Indian law topics that can impact your clients.  The topics include tribal economic development, tribes as government stakeholders in natural resource matters, tribal courts, child welfare, and access to justice. Federal and Oregon legislative and case law updates will highlight recent key court cases and statutory changes, and principles and best practices related to the Indian Child Welfare Act will be explored.

If you’re not able to attend in person, this program is also available by webcast.

Finally, we are very pleased to inform you that OSB President Levelle will be joining us for lunch and part of the day.

For a full brochure and schedule click here.

On behalf of the Indian Law Section Executive Committee and other ILS members, we hope to see you at this exceptional program.


Justice in Indian Country CLE 10/6/2015

WHAT: Justice in Indian Country CLE
WHEN: October 6, 2015 9am-5pm
WHERE: Grand Ronde Community Center, Grand Ronde, OR
COST: $50

Join the Indian Law Section in Grand Ronde, Oregon on Tuesday, October 6, for “Justice in Indian Country,” an all-day CLE event. We are delighted to offer an event featuring nationally-recognized Indian law practitioners and academics in panel discussions on timely and relevant topics. Explore some of today’s developments in the world of tribal courts, both civil and criminal.

Accommodations are available at Spirit Mountain Lodge.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

9:00: Welcome Ceremony

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community

9:15: Overview of Trends in Tribal Courts

Moderator Diane Henkels, Henkels Law LLC
Judge Randy Doucet, Northwest Intertribal Court System
Chief Judge Don Costello, The Coquille Indian Tribal Court

10:00: Negotiating Contracts with Indian Tribes and Tribal Entities

Moderator Patrick Sullivan, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Stephanie Striffler, Senior Asst. Atty. Gen., Native American Affairs Coordinator, Oregon Department of Justice
Melissa Robertson, VP & General Counsel, Sovereign Finance LLC

10:45: Supreme Court Update: Civil Jurisdiction over Non-Indians: Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

John Dossett, General Counsel, National Congress of American Indians

11:20: Tour of Grand Ronde Tribal Court, followed by hosted lunch at the Community Center

Remarks from David D. Shaw, Chief Judge, and Angela Fasana, Court Administrator, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Court
Lunch included in registration cost.

1:00: Arrest and Investigation Authority: SB 412 and Cross-Deputization

Moderator: Pete Shepherd, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick P.C.
Rob Lothrop, Attorney, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission
Tim Simmons, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office

1:45: Criminal Issues in Tribal Courts: the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act

Moderator: JD Williams, Williams Law LLP
Kyle Daley, Prosecutor, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Sharon Jones Hayden, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Prosecutor, Tulalip Tribes

2:30: Break

2:45: Investigations and Prosecutions: Reconciling Policies Across Jurisdictional Lines

Barbara Creel, Professor, University of New Mexico

3:30: Minding the Jurisdictional Gaps

Moderator: Kristen L. Winemiller, Pacific Northwest Law, LLP
Dennis White, Chief of Police, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Jennifer Martin, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Oregon
Steven F. Leriche, District Attorney, Jefferson County, Oregon

4:15: Joint Discussion and Audience Questions with Presenters

Moderator: Jessie Young, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, Dept. of the Interior

5:00: Adjourn

Note that the Save the Date email referred to a discounted pre-registration price. The Indian Law Section has decided to charge a below-cost price of $50 for all registrations instead of offering an early-registration discount.

About the Indian Law Section: The goal of the Indian Law Section of the Oregon State Bar is to encourage a greater understanding and improve the practice of Indian law throughout Oregon. The ILS represents a wide spectrum of attorneys who handle cases, transactions and other matters involving Indian law, including attorneys in private practice, attorneys who work as in-house attorneys for Indian tribes, attorneys for non-profit organizations advocating for tribal rights, and attorneys who serve as tribal court judges for Indian tribes in Oregon. The ILS was organized in 1995 by practitioners working in Indian country in Oregon and is open to all members of the Bar as well as non-attorneys. Membership can include persons who are attorneys, tribal court judges, tribal leaders and tribal members, or anyone else interested in Indian law issues. The ILS currently has 170 members.