Protecting Tribal Resources | Legal and Forestry Management Strategies

The program will examine tribal forests, which are critical cultural and economic resources for Indigenous people. 18 million acres, nearly one-third of all reservation and trust land in the United States, is tribal forest land. Tribal forests implicate many important topics, including the protection and management of these vital resources, climate change, and complex legal frameworks.

The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Kekek Stark, Professor of law at the University of Montana and member of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Bizhiw (Lynx) Clan, who will discuss Anishinaabe legal frameworks for forest stewardship. Bradley Harrington, member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Tribal Liaison for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will discuss tribal forestry practices on-reservation and state-tribal coordination. Ann McCammon-Soltis, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, will discuss inter-tribal and federal co-management of federal forest lands in ceded territory. Jordan Hughes, a University of Minnesota Law School student, will discuss the federal trust relationship and environmental law related to tribal forests.

This CLE is approved for credit through April 15, 2024.

Kekek Stark | professor at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law and practitioner of Indigenous law
Bradley Harrington | Tribal Liaison for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and former Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Commissioner of Natural Resources
Ann McCammon-Soltis | Director of the Division of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Jordan Hughes | third-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School and author of award-winning American Bar Association article, titled “Trust the Process: A Fiduciary Approach to Protecting Tribal Forests”

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 451063

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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