2018 Indian Law Conference


Indian Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Economic Development: Reinvesting in our Rights to Secure our Future

Join the FBA Indian Law Section for its 43rd Annual Indian Law Conference as panelists examine how tribal nations can use existing and new tools to effectively protect and secure their futures. 2018 marks anniversaries of the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. On the occasion of these anniversaries, tribal leaders, attorneys, and advocates must ask: How can we best protect and secure the rights of our tribal nations?  Perhaps more so now than at any other time in distant memory, tribal nations are waging battles to protect the most fundamental aspects of their sovereignty in a new political climate. Over the course of this two-day conference, panelists will cover the importance of this question and evaluate effective practices for establishing a secure future for Indian Law and tribal sovereignty.


Pre-registration for this event is now closed.

Complete the Onsite Registration Form prior to your arrival to expedite your onsite registration experience.

Onsite registration will be available for attendees at the following times: 
  • Wednesday 4/4 (3:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Thursday 4/5 (7:30 am - 5:30 pm)
  • Friday 4/6 (7:30 am - 5:00 pm)



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A La Carte Items
(Lunch/Reception Tickets included Conference Registration)
Thursday Guest Lunch Ticket


Thursday Guest Reception Ticket


Friday Guest Lunch Ticket


Conference Materials Book


Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, March 16, 2018. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon written notification to the conference office. For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please contact Caitlin Rider at

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


8:15-8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Plenary 1
30 Years Later: IGRA and Economic Development

  • Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Sarah Harris, Councilor, Mohegan Tribal Council
  • Del Laverdure, Attorney, Arrow Creek Law, PLLP; Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Larry Roberts, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
10:15-11-45 a.m.

Plenary 2
Tribal Sovereignty Immunity

  • Zach Schauf, Associate, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Michael W. Shore, Partner, Shore Chan DePumpo LLP
  • David C. Smith, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Dale White, General Counsel, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Breakout 1
IHS and the Opioid Epidemic

  • Carla DewBerry, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
  • Brian Gunn, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC
  • James K. Nichols, Senior Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Aren Sparck, Government Affairs Officer, Seattle Indian Health Board; Member-at-Large, American Indian Health Commission
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon
Ethel B. Branch, Attorney General, Navajo Nation Department of Justice

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Plenary 3
The Indian Civil Rights Act at 50: The Intersection of Individual Civil Rights, Human Rights and Tribal Sovereignty

  • Josh Clause, Principal, Clause Law PLLC
  • Se-ah-dom Edmo, Movement Building Director, Western States Center
  • Angela R. Riley, Professor of Law, Director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center, UCLA School of Law
  • Terri Smith, Chief Judge, Wind River Tribal Court 

Breakout 2
Land Rights, Jurisdiction, and Taxation

  • Nicole Ducheneaux, Partner, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
  • Rob Roy Smith, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Plenary 4
Responding to the Trump Agenda: Preserving and Protecting our Rights in an Uncertain Time

  • Matthew Campbell, Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Denise Desiderio, Senior Policy Advisor - American Indian and Policy, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 
  • Alison Grigonis, Senior Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Lance G. Morgan, President & CEO, Ho-Chunk, Incrop.
  • Josh Tahsuda, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The National Judicial College

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


8:30-10:00 a.m.

Plenary 5
Water Rights and Natural Resources Post Agua Caliente

  • Daron T. Carreiro, Trial Attorney, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Heather Whiteman Runs Him, Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Joel Williams, Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Jeanette Wolfley, Associate Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law  
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Plenary 6
Self-Determination in a Global Era: Tribal Nations at the United Nations

  • Gregory Bigler, Judge, Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court
  • Kristen Carpenter, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Robert T. Coulter, Executive Director, Indian Law Resource Center
  • Terri Henry, Vice-Chair, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

Breakout 3
Human Trafficking in Indian Country

  • Nathaniel Brown, Council Delegate, Navajo Nation
  • Christopher T. Foley, Staff Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center
  • Carla Fredericks, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Mary Kathryn Nagle, Partner, Pipestem Law
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Plenary 7
ICWA & Recent Developments

  • Bethany Berger, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Kathryn E. Fort, Professor of Law, Director, Indian Law Clinic, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Victoria Sweet, Senior Program Attorney, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Breakout 4
Treaty Rights & Subsistence Rights: Do Treaties Have Teeth?

  • Robert Anderson, Oneida Nation Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, University of Washington Native American Law Center
  • Diana Bob, Attorney, Native Law PLLC
  • Steven Small, Associate, Holland & Hart LLP
  • Heather Whiteman Runs Him, Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Plenary 8
Ethics in the Trump Era

  • Leonard R. Powell, Associate, Jenner Block
  • Thomasina Real Bird, Partner, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
  • Eli Wald, Charles W. Delaney Jr. Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Our discounted block of rooms at the Talking Stick Resort is currently sold out during the program's dates. You may book a room at the conference hotel at their best available rate, or book at a near-by hotel. Please see a list of alternate hotels that are comparable in price and conveniently located less than ten miles from the conference site.

Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale - Riverwalk
9550 Talking Stick Way; Scottsdale, AZ 85256
0.4 Miles from Conference Location - Walking Distance!

Best Western Plus Sundial
7320 E Camelback Road; Scottsdale, AZ 85251
5.5 Miles from Conference Location

Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 E Gainey Suites Drive; Scottsdale, AZ 85258
4.4 Miles from Conference Location

Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town
7300 East Third Avenue; Scottsdale, AZ 85251
6.2 Miles from Conference Location

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road; Scottsdale, AZ 85258
4 Miles from Conference Location

Residence Inn Scottsdale Paradise Valley
6040 North Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, AZ 85253
4.4 Miles from Conference Location

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town
7325 East 3rd Avenue; Scottsdale, AZ 85251
6.2 Miles from Conference Location

The Scottsdale Inn
5101 North Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale, AZ 85250
5.2 Miles from Conference Location

7277 East Camelback Road; Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
5.6 Miles from Conference Location

If you have any questions regarding housing or other conference related programming, please contact Laura Mulhern, Meeting Planner.

Premier Sponsors

Elite Sponsors

Contact Jordan Weiss if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.

Vendor Tables
Interested in securing a vendor table for the conference? Complete the 2018 Indian Law Conference Exhibitor Contract and return to Annette Bacchus.
April 5 - 6, 2018
Talking Stick Resort
9800 Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

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