Conference: "Who Belongs? From Tribal Kinship to Native Nation Citizenship to Disenrollment"


From Tribal Kinship to Native Nation Citizenship to Disenrollment

A National Conference in Honor of Vine Deloria, Jr.

Join us for Who Belongs, a two-day conference featuring conversations with tribal leaders and leading scholars on the complex and interrelated issues surrounding tribal kinship, native nation citizenship, and disenrollment. This event is eligible for CLE credits for members of the Arizona Bar.*

The conference is co-convened by the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the Rogers College of Law and the Department of American Indian Studies in the College of Social and Behaviioral Studies. Sponsors include the College of Social and Behavioral Studies and the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

Dates: March 9 & 10, 2017

Location: Ares Auditorium (Room 164) University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law


Full agenda available: here

Press Release

The drives for self-determination and self-government are reinvigorating indigenous conceptions of such matters as government, citizenship, and their attendant rights and responsibilities. For most indigenous peoples, the political entity known as the tribe or nation is itself an instrument of the community. It is the community that matters, and the community consists of persons who share identity and interwoven obligations arising from their social and cultural relationships. These relationships commonly include kinship ties, cultural practices, and values, history, connections to specific lands, and other elements. The community’s political entity—e.g., the tribal government—is the locus of formalized tribal self-government and a vehicle that directly engages with the United States or other governmental bodies.

But the relationships that matter most are the ones not between citizens and the tribal state but among citizens themselves. These are the ties that give identity, meaning and life to the community. The political structure of the nation or tribe emerges out of those relationships as a tool for survival and self-defense, a means of organizing aspects of social, political, and economic life, and a vehicle for the promotion of shared interests [Stephen Cornell and Joseph P. Kalt, “From Tribal Members to Native Nation Citizens,” in Norbert Hill and Kathleen Ratteree, Eds., The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations, Fulcrum Publishing (In Press May 2017)].

Conference speakers include Diandra Benally, Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Gabriel S. Galanda, Robert Alan Hershey, Norbert Hill, Miriam Jorgensen, Joseph Kalt, Richard Luarkie, Oren Lyons (Invited), Pamela Palmater, Patricia Riggs, Kawika Riley, Lorinda Riley, Wenona Singel, Tribal Leaders, Rebecca Tsosie, Joan Timeche, Kevin Washburn, David Wilkins, and Robert A. Williams, Jr.



Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00am to Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00am

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