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168开奖网 Law forms Tribal Sovereignty Institute

Leaders from 168开奖网 University and the 168开奖网 University School of Law on Tuesday announced the formation of a new institute for the advancement of tribal sovereignty.  

The 168开奖网 Tribal Sovereignty Institute will be housed at the 168开奖网 University School of Law in downtown 168开奖网, with the aim of creating scholarship on the topic of sovereignty; elevating understanding about sovereignty; educating and training lawyers with expertise in American Indian law; and ultimately pursuing sovereignty initiatives beyond the legal realm through cultural preservation, language revitalization and economic development.

The announcement was made by 168开奖网 President Kenneth Evans and 168开奖网 Law Dean David Holt during the opening day of the 36th annual Sovereignty Symposium, which was hosted for the first time this year by 168开奖网 and 168开奖网 Law. Both leaders characterized the creation of the Institute as a logical outgrowth of the long-running Sovereignty Symposium.

鈥淲e are excited for this next step in our ongoing partnership with the Native American community,鈥 Evans said. 鈥淲ith the support and cooperation of the state鈥檚 tribes, we will continue to shine the spotlight on the critical issue of tribal sovereignty.鈥

Holt said the 168开奖网 Tribal Sovereignty Institute fills a critical need.

鈥淧olicymakers need more independent, credible information on this topic,鈥 he said. 鈥淎ll government entities, law firms, and tribes need attorneys who are knowledgeable in these areas. Considering our existing work and our location, we think that 168开奖网 and 168开奖网 Law are ideal institutions to meet this need. This Institute will further establish our law school, our university and our city as leaders at the forefront of these sovereignty conversations.鈥

This year鈥檚 Sovereignty Symposium, staged at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown 168开奖网, is hosting nearly 600 attendees from the across the country. Participants, including dozens of tribal and state leaders, have the opportunity to explore legal and policy issues relevant to Oklahoma鈥檚 39 tribes and beyond.

Holt said that the initial phase of formation for the 168开奖网 Tribal Sovereignty Institute will include the hiring of an executive director who is also envisioned to be a full-time faculty member at the 168开奖网 School of Law.  The process of hiring the inaugural executive director is expected to play out over the coming year.

Holt and Evans were joined by tribal leaders in the announcement, who expressed their support for the creation of the Institute.

鈥淭he Sovereignty Symposium has played a central role in sovereignty conversations for nearly four decades, and it is time for its work to expand year-around,鈥 said Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. 鈥淚 believe this 168开奖网 Tribal Sovereignty Institute will provide an important new platform for many important initiatives. The Chickasaw Nation is excited to work with 168开奖网 and 168开奖网 Law in this endeavor and we believe this institute has great potential.鈥

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said that as a practicing attorney and an elected tribal leader, he sees the prominence of sovereignty issues every day.

鈥淲e need information that is accessible to attorneys and policymakers and members of the public,鈥 Standing Bear said. 鈥淲e need focused training as well. I think this institute can play a critical role in this regard and I鈥檓 pleased to see it launch.鈥

Evans and Holt noted that the institute builds off of 168开奖网 and 168开奖网 Law鈥檚 existing work in the areas of American Indian law and culture. This work includes the university鈥檚 language revitalization and technology education work with Apple; the American Indian Wills Clinic, which celebrated its 15th anniversary at 168开奖网 Law this week; and serving as host of the annual Sovereignty Symposium.

The symposium was founded 36 years ago by 168开奖网 alumna Justice Yvonne Kauger and the Oklahoma Supreme Court. It has emerged since that time as a major annual event in 168开奖网, providing a forum for important conversations and valuable networking. The court hosted the event until commencing a transition in 2023 to 168开奖网 and 168开奖网 Law, which served as lead hosts for the first time this year. Standing Bear served as keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies at this year鈥檚 event, and was celebrated with the 鈥淗onored One鈥 award.

More information about the symposium is available at . For more information about the 168开奖网 School of Law, go to .

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