Southern University Law Center hosts annual symposium on Native American tribal affairs
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Native American Law and Policy Institute at the Southern University Law Center will host its third annual Tribal Courts and Tribal Sovereignty symposium on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“The Tribal Courts and Tribal Sovereignty Symposium is the only annual Indian law education program hosted by a law school in the Southeastern United States,” said Adam Crepelle, associate professor and managing fellow of the Native American Law and Policy Institute. “This year, the conference features five powerhouse speakers on four highly relevant topics.”

Speakers for the virtual symposium include Mary Kathryn Nagle, attorney and playwright; Holly Peters, Youth Court Judge for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Kate Fort, professor at Michigan State University; Melissa Tatum, professor at University of Arizona; and Rebecca Nagle, award-winning advocate and writer.

Attendees will learn and discuss issues occurring in the tribal community such as, the trend of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, the continuing importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Supreme Court’s recent McGirt v. Oklahoma decision and the relationship between federal Indian law and the media.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Louisiana legal professionals will earn 3.3 hours of continuing legal education credits while attending the symposium. Participants can register for the symposium at