2017 D.C. Indian Law Conference


Join the FBA Indian Law Section for their 19th Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference on November 3, 2017 in our nation's capital. Located at the heart of the country’s political landscape, discussion will address the latest issues in Indian law and build off the momentum from the Spring conference in Arizona. Don’t miss this intimate opportunity to hear from both the private and government perspective.

Luncheon Keynote Recently Announced! Sen. Tom Udall's extensive experience in public service will bring passion and purpose to the program. As Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, his mission is to prioritize concerns of Tribes and Native Americans.

Pre-registration for this conference is now closed. You may register onsite at the conference beginning at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 3rd.

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(on or before 10/13/17)

(after 10/13/17)

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Friday, November 3
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
  • Daron T. Carreiro, Public Sector Co-Chair 
  • Lawrence S. Roberts, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend, Private Sector Co-Chair
8:45 - 10:00 a.m. Panel 1
Restoring Tribal Homelands: The Current Landscape
The federal government’s Indian lands policy is often the subject of intense scrutiny.  This panel will explore current issues relating to the fee-to-trust process, Indian leasing and rights-of-way, cultural and natural resources on Indian lands, environmental protection, and economic development.  We will discuss how the Trump Administration will carry out its trust responsibility with respect to Indian lands.

  • MOD: Katie E. Klass, Associate, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP
  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University
  • Aurene Martin, President, Spirit Rock Consulting
  • V. Heather Sibbison, Chair, Native American Law & Policy, Dentons US LLP
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Panel 2
Tribal Courts: Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty
This panel will provide insights on the current legal and policy landscape of tribal courts, focusing on the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act as well as potential opportunities to strengthen tribal courts through federal legislation and appropriations.  Finally, the panel will provide perspectives from current tribal court justices on challenges and opportunities.

  • MOD: Rose N. Petoskey, Associate, Dentons US LLP
  • Josh Clause, Partner, Sixkiller Consulting, LLC
  • Oscar "OJ" Flores, Jr., Chief Prosecutor, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
  • Samantha C. Skenandore, Associate Justice, Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court; Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Luncheon with Keynote Address
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Panel 3
Taxation in Indian Country: The Path Ahead
The panel will discuss recent cases concerning taxation in Indian country with a particular focus on litigation.  The panel will explore potential opportunities to strengthen federal policy through regulations and legislation.

  • MOD: Connie Tsosie, Legal Fellow, National Congress of American Indians
  • Kelly S. Croman, General Counsel, Marine View Ventures, Inc.
  • Catherine F. Munson, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Panel 4
Tribal Attorney Generals & General Counsel: Views from Top Legal Officials
This panel will provide insights from the top tribal legal officials on recently decided cases as well as pending litigation and litigation on the horizon.

  • Ethel Branch, Attorney General, Navajo Nation Department of Justice
  • Betsy Conway, General Counsel, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
  • John C. Young, Assistant Attorney General, Cherokee Nation
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Panel 5
Working with a New Administration on Tribal Issues
This panel will include a mix of current and former Administration officials who work or have worked on Indian law matters as part of their broader portfolio.  This panel will discuss best practices in advocating on tribal issues as well as challenges for Administration professionals new to this area of the law and how to overcome those challenges.

  • MOD: Charles Galbraith, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Tommy Beaudreau, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Tim Purdon, Chair, American Indian Law and Policy Group, Robins Kaplan LLP
  • John Tahsuda III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice

 Patron Sponsors

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP 

Contact Heather Gaskins if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.


November 3, 2017
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Capitol
550 C St SW
Washington, DC 20024

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