The Future of Federal Indian Law and the (New) Roberts Court Hosted by the Montana Law Review, the 2018 Browning Symposium will feature a full day of educational programming with a focus on Federal Indian Law. A reception will follow at the Blewett School of Law. This year's event examines tribal sovereignty, federal power, and individual rights.

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Blewett School of Law - Missoula, MT CLE: Credits pending application submission and approval


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Friday, October 5th
2:05 AM

Panel 3: Tribal Sovereignty

Gregory Ablavsky
Alexander Skibine
Rebecca Tsosie

2:05 AM - 4:00 AM

Moderator: Professor Monte Mills


Gregory Ablavsky: Analogizing Native Nations to other Sovereigns

Alexander Skibine: Economic Rights and the Development of the “Level Playing Field” in Tribal Sovereignty

Rebecca Tsosie: Sovereignty and Tribal Data in the “Big Data” Age

4:00 AM

Keynote Address

The Honorable Diane Humetewa

4:00 AM - 5:00 AM

The Honorable Diane Humetewa: Examining Federal Court Indian Law Decisions as a Federal Judge

5:00 AM


Alexander Blewett School of Law

5:00 AM

Beverages and appetizers provided by the Blewett School of Law

Open to CLE registrants and members of the public

8:00 AM

Check-in and registration begins

Montana Law Review

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Light breakfast and coffee provided by the Montana Law Review

8:30 AM

Cultural Recognition and Introduction

The People's Center

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM


Cultural Recognition: drum performance and blessing by The People’s Center

8:45 AM

Panel 1: Civil Rights

Barbara Creel
Frank Pommersheim
Wenona Singel

8:45 AM - 10:40 AM

Moderator: The Honorable Brian Morris


Barbara Creel: ICRA and Indian right to Counsel

Frank Pommersheim: ICRA and Miranda Violations

Wenona Singel

10:40 AM

Keynote Address

Matthew Fletcher

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Matthew Fletcher: The Property Rights Implications of the Indian Child Welfare Act: Indian Citizenship and Property Rights

11:40 AM


Montana Law Review

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Lunch will be provided for CLE registrants and speakers

12:10 PM

Panel 2: Federal Powers and Native Governance

John Dossett
Michalyn Steele
Angela Riley

12:10 PM - 2:05 AM

Moderator: T.B.D.


John Dossett: The “Law of Nations” Clause as a Textual Source of Authority for ICWA

Michalyn Steele: The Indian Commerce Clause and Sovereignty

Angela Riley: Good Native Governance 2.0: Changing Native Governance in the Trump Administration and the Modern Human Rights Era