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2015 Texas Native American Law Conference Agenda

7:30
Morning Blessing – Led by Bill Voelker, Comanche
8:00
Registration and Breakfast
8:45
Conference Opening
  • Remarks – Chair Ron Jackson
  • Flag Song – Ray Torgerson
  • Flute – Jesse Lindsey, Chickasaw
9:00
Eagles, Feathers and Spiritual Birds: Native American Spirituality and the Law (1.25 hr)
  • William Voelker, Co-Director, SIA, The Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative
  • Jay Hurst, Attorney, Council Member, Native American Law Section
10:15
Break
10:30
Indian Law Update (1.0 hr; 0.25 hr ethics)
  • Ron Jackson, Counsel to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo; Chair, Native American Law Section
11:30
Remarks of Lisa Tatum (0.25 hr ethics)
  • Lisa Tatum, Immediate Past President, State Bar of Texas; Council Member, Native American Law Section
11:45
Honors – Homecoming Recognition
12:15
Honoring Ceremony
  • The Spiritual Birds of Sia, with co-Directors Bill and Troy
  • The Chickasaw Nation Stomp Dance Troupe
  • The Eagle Point Singers
  • Chickasaw Flutist Jesse Lindsey
1:15
Lunch Break (Lunch Provided)
2:15
Federal Indian Law Overview (1.0 hr)
  • Ray Torgerson, Partner, Porter & Hedges, Houston, Texas; Past Chairman and Council Member, Native American Law Section
3:15
Break
3:30
Indian Child Welfare Act (1.5 hr; 0.50 hr ethics)
  • Jo Ann Battise, Member of the Supreme Court of Texas Commission on Children, Youth and Families; Former Member of the Tribal Council of the Alabama Coushatta
  • Tricia Tingle, Associate Director, Tribal Justice Support, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior; Attorney; Founder, Former Chair and Council Member of the Native American Law Section
  • Gina Jackson, Model Court Liaison, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Rodina Cave (invited), Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
  • Paul Shunatona, Attorney, Dallas, Texas
5:00
Concluding Remarks

The 2015 NALS Conference is Friday, January 30, 2015 in Austin. Register today!