State, tribal leaders featured at USD Indian Law Symposium

State, tribal leaders featured at USD Indian Law Symposium The economic progress of the last half-century in South Dakota has for the most part not been realized by the state's American Indian population.

In order to identify challenges and a plan for the future, The University of South Dakota School of Law is using the Eighth Biennial Indian Law Symposium on April 1 and 2 to convene state and tribal leaders, and regional experts for two days of lectures and panels entitled "Economic Development in Indian Country for the 21st Century."

This year's symposium will again feature nationally known scholars and regional experts in panel discussions on the following topics: The Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place Project; State-Tribal Relationship; The Importance of a Free Press to Economic Development in Indian Country;� The Trust Relationship; and Tribal Economic Development � Where it has been and Where it is Going? The State-Tribal Relationship panel will include Attorney General Larry Long, Tracey Fischer, Chairman Charles Colombe, Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Gov. M. Michael Rounds.

The keynote Charles Hall Dillon Lecture in Law and Political Science will be delivered by Lance Morgan, the CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Morgan's address, titled "Economic and Legal Difficulties of Development in Indian Country � Overcoming the Problems," will be at 7 p.m. on April 1 in the courtroom of the School of Law.

Morgan, one of the initial founders of Ho-Chunk, has worked since 1994 to diversify the tribe's business interests away from gaming. Ho-Chunk, Inc. has been nationally recognized for its success and has business interests ranging from manufacturing, retail, distribution, construction, hotels, apartments, and Internet companies, including Indianz.com and AllNative.com.

Prior to developing and leading Ho-Chunk, Inc., Morgan worked as a lawyer in the Indian Law Department of Dorsey and Whitney. Morgan is a Harvard Law School graduate.

and earned a business degree from the University of Nebraska, at Lincoln.

Among other panelists and invited guests is Frank Pommersheim, an author, member of several tribal courts across the United States, and professor of Indian law, Indian jurisdiction, education and the law, and criminal law at USD.

Dr. Ralph Brown, professor of economics at USD and author of Economic Trends on the American Indian Reservations in South Dakota is another featured panelist.

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