The University of South Dakota School of Law will host the 9th Biennial Indian Law Symposium on March 30-31.
The symposium invites national and regional speakers and panelists to share their expertise on various aspects of Indian law issues. The theme of the 2006 symposium is "Brightening the Outlook of Indian Youth."�The symposium's Dillon guest lecturer will be Melody McCoy from the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). McCoy will be speaking on Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in the law school courtroom. Panels on juvenile justice, education in Indian country and other topics will be held on Friday, March 31.
McCoy, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, joined NARF as a staff attorney in 1986 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1981 and her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1986.�At NARF, McCoy primarily works in the areas of tribal jurisdiction, tribal education rights, tribal trust funds, and tribal intellectual property rights.�She served as co-chair of the Federal Bar Association's Indian law conference from 1990-92 and as a member of NARF's litigation management committee from 1992-95.
"The symposium began in an effort to bring Indian Law issues out of the classroom, and into the broader spectrum of the law school," said Janet Routzen, president of the Native American Law Student Association. "It also seeks to educate students at The U and citizens of South Dakota about prominent Indian Law issues."