Skibine to Speak at Federalist Society Conference

On January 24, Alexander Tallchief Skibine, a professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, will be a featured speaker at the Third Annual Western Conference of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.

Other featured speakers at the conference, titled “Federal Sovereignty, and the Sovereignty of 562 Native American Tribes: A Match Made in Heaven or Somewhere Less Pleasant?”, will include Hon.Carlos Bea, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; John Fund of the Wall Street Journal; Joe Matal, Legislative Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee; Prof. Davianna McGregor, University of Hawaii; and Prof. Maimon Schwarzschild, University of San Diego School of Law, among others.

The topics to be explored include a roundtable titled “How Comfortably Does Tribal Sovereignty Fit with American Ideals?”, which will examine the issue of tribal immunity from a variety of angles, including the relationship of tribes to tribal members, and the relationship of tribes to neighboring state and local governments.

Other programs include a panel discussion on International Law and Indian Law, which will ask whether future litigation involving Indian tribes in the United States will turn on issues of international law; and a debate on the Akaka Bill, a long-delayed piece of legislation that would allow the nation’s approximately 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians to organize themselves into one vast Indian tribe.