The first webinar, entitled “Sovereignty and Tribal Government Relations in Canada and the United States,” will feature Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), a law professor and lawyer who has practiced Indian Law at the Native American Rights Fund, the U.S. Department of Justice, and for her Tribe; and from Canada, William David (Haudenosaunee), Director of Lands, Territories and Resources with the Assembly of First Nations. They will explore the differing histories and government structures of the United States and Canada as they relate to the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations. This will provide a basic understanding of the situation of Indigenous Peoples vis a vis the US and Canada as the series proceeds to address fundamental issues affecting relationships with Indigenous Peoples and the non-Indigenous.
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This webinar series is being co-sponsored with Canadian Friends Service Committee, Decolonizing Quakers, and Friends Peace Teams/Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples.