Protecting Tribal Resources - Legal and Forestry Management Strategies

Event Description

Online registration is closed. To register, email Tram Nguyen at by 11:00 AM on 3/15.

Remote participation only. 

This CLE is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section and the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association.

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.


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: 444516


ENRE Member: $25
MAIBA Member: $25 (use coupon code MAIBA at check out)
MSBA Member not in the ENRE Section: $30*
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

*Join the ENRE Section:  Not a member of the Section? Sign up now  and receive membership through June 30th, 2023. That’s 16 months for the price of 12!

Deadline to register: March 13, 2022. To register after this date, contact the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Tram Nguyen


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM