2019 Indian Law Conference

Tribal Rights on Trial: Indian Law in the Trump Era

2019 marks a tenuous time for tribal rights in the era of Trump.  Longstanding principles of federal Indian law are increasingly under heightened scrutiny and potential assault which threatens to undermine the existence and longevity of tribal nations as self-determining, self-governing political entities. At the same time, more Native Americans have been elected to political office than ever before. The 44th Annual Indian Law Conference will examine and contemplate strategies, methods, and best practices for Indian law practitioners to protect and uphold, and to defend against attacks on, well-established principles of federal Indian law and policy.

There are three ways to register for this national event:
1) Register Online
2) Fax PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090 for processing
3) Mail PDF Registration Form to the following address for processing
        Federal Bar Association
        Attn: 2019 Indian Law Conference
        PO Box 79395, Baltimore MD 21279-0395

Full Conference Registration
Includes access to Two Luncheon Programs, Light Breakfast, Refreshment Breaks, Welcome Reception.

  Early Bird
(on or before 3/8)
(after 3/8)
 Sustaining Member   $430  $485
 Member  $450  $510
 Nonmember  $575  $675
 Law Student  $180  $200

Basic Conference Registration
Includes access to Light Breakfast, Refreshment Breaks, Welcome Reception. Does NOT include Lunch.

  Early Bird
(on or before 3/1)
(after 3/1)
 Sustaining Member   $330  $390
 Member  $350  $410
 Nonmember  $475  $575
 Law Student  $130  $150

A La Carte Items
 Thursday Lunch Ticket  $60 
 Thursday Guest Reception Ticket  $75
 Friday Lunch Ticket  $60
 Conference Materials Book  $25

Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment include credit card and check. We can accept exact cash payments onsite on the event date. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, March 15, 2019. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Caitlin Rider at
crider@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests.

Panel content and speakers to be released soon!
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


8:15-8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Plenary 1
Elections 2020: Campaigns and Elections in Indian Country

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Plenary 2
Indigenizing the Judiciary: The Role of Federal Indian Law in Tribal, State, and Federal Judicial Systems

Breakout 1
Tribal Self-Determination in On-Reservation Energy Development and Distribution

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Keynote & Awards Luncheon

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Plenary 3
Supreme Court Update

Breakout 2
Future of Indigenous Land Rights: Protecting the Homelands

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Plenary 4
ICWA and the Classification of Tribes as Political or Governmental Units

5:30-7:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


8:30-10:00 a.m.

Plenary 5
Supreme Court Strategy: What Tribes Should Know

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Plenary 6
Treaty Fishing Rights and Sovereign Immunity at the Supreme Court

Breakout 3
Cooperative and Community-Based Responses to Combat Crime in Indian Country

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Plenary 7
Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights: Using International Mechanisms to Protect Indigenous Rights

Breakout 4
Tax and Economic Development

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Plenary 8
#MeToo: Ethical Considerations of Workplace Sexual Harassment and Discrimination


A discounted block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Sandia Resort (30 Rainbow Road; Albuquerque, NM 87113) at $189/night (plus taxes). Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2019. To reserve over the phone, call 505-798-3930 today and reference the group name "2019 Indian Law Conference."

Any reservations received after the above date or until the block is full, whichever is sooner, will be accepted based on a room-type and rate-available basis. If the block is full when you call - see below for information on our overflow hotel properties with discounted rates.

To accommodate all conference attendees in town for the conference, we have secured two additional blocks of rooms at the following hotels. A complimentary bus shuttle service will run continuously during the conference dates for those staying in our overflow hotel locations. The shuttle will arrive at each hotel location approximately every 40 minutes during the conference on a continuous loop.

Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Road NE
The discounted group rate at this hotel is $94/night (plus taxes). Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 27, 2019. To reserve over the phone, call 1-800-228-9290 and reference the group name "2019 Indian Law Conference Overflow."

Nativo Lodge
6000 Pan American Fwy
The discounted group rate at this hotel is $94/night (plus taxes). Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 25, 2019. To reserve over the phone, call 505-798-4300 and reference the group name "2019 Indian Law Conference Overflow."

In order to ensure the success of FBA meetings and programs, we ask that you only book your room AFTER registering for the conference. We appreciate your support and consideration.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

Vendor Tables
Interested in securing a vendor table for the conference? Complete the 2019 Indian Law Conference Exhibitor Contract and return to Caitlin Rider.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Caitlin Rider, Sr. Meeting Planner.

April 11 - 12, 2019
Sandia Resort & Casino
30 Rainbow Rd
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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