Law Review Symposium to Address Tribes' Environmental Battles

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Law Review Symposium to Address Tribes' Environmental Battles
October 4, 2018
Hartford, CT

Environmental battles involving tribal nations will be the focus of the Connecticut Law Review symposium Regulating for the Seventh Generation: Tribal Nations and Environmental Law on Friday, October 26, 2018, at UConn School of Law.

Tribal leaders, attorneys and scholars will address legal battles over the Dakota Access Pipeline, the reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument, fishing and hunting rights, federal and tribal resource management, climate change and other issues that involve threats to indigenous communities and cultural practices across the globe. Panelists will also delve into the pivotal 2018 Supreme Court case Washington v United States concerning fishing rights in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

The “seventh generation” philosophy, often attributed to the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee confederacy, promotes sustainability by requiring that tribal decisions involve consideration of the effects lasting seven generations.

The keynote speaker will be Ethel Branch, attorney general of the Navajo Nation. Other panelists will include Stephanie Tsosie, senior associate attorney with the Earthjustice law firm, and Frank Ettawageshik, president of the Association on American Indian Affairs.

“It was a pleasure to help put this together and great to have so many impassioned speakers who are so knowledgeable about the topics,” said Ainsley Parrish, who is one of the symposium editors, as well as a member of the Potawatomi tribe from Michigan. “The editors have been delighted at the response to the event.” The organizers expect to welcome members of the Mohegan and Schaghticoke tribes out of Connecticut, she said.

The symposium, which include continental breakfast and lunch, is free to students, faculty and staff at UConn School of Law and $40 for all other guests.  It will run from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in William F. Starr Hall at 45 Elizabeth Street on the UConn Law campus in Hartford. The day will conclude with an ice cream reception and discussion.

Registration is required by October 22, 2018. More information, including the full schedule, and a link to the online registration form can be found at