American Indian Law and Literature

American Indian Law and Literature
Fourth Annual Indigenous Law Conference
Michigan State University College of Law
October 18 & 20, 2007

October 18, 2007 

9:00-10:30 a.m.  Kristen Carpenter, “The Actual State of Things”:  American Indian Legal Fictions and Truths
                                  Renee Knake, “How Lawyers Resolve Ethical Dilemmas:  A study of James Welch’s The Indian Lawyer
                                  Wenona Single, “Rebellious Judging”

10:45-12:15 p.m.  Margaret Montoya & Christine Zuni Cruz, “Narrative Braids:  Performing Racial Literacy”
                                    Larry Cata Backer, “Nostalgia Written in Blood:  The Noble Savage and Latin American Political Identity”
                                    Jo Carrillo, “Legal Culture, Communicative Circuits and Symbols”

1:30-3:00 p.m.      Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, “Crossover”
                                    Carla Pratt, “The Construction of Indian Identity:  As an Africanless Identity in Indian Law and Literature”
                                    Frank Pommersheim, “Poetry and Law:  What Is the Relationship Exactly?”

3:15-5:00 p.m.      Gordon Henry, “Trying Skins:  Courtoom Scenes in American Indian Fiction”
                                   Matthew Fletcher, “Red Leaves and the Dirty Ground:  The Cannibalism of Law and Economics”
                                   Sonia Katyal, “Iconic Intersectionality”

7:00 p.m.                Keynote:  Chairman Frank Ettawageshik

October 20, 2007

9:00-10:30 a.m.   Raymond Kiogima, Larry Plamondon, Hon. JoAnne Gasco & Margaret Noori, “Kinship as Action:  Anishinaabe Relationships from a Linguistic Perspective”

10:45-12:15 p.m.   Bruce Duthu, “Bear Narratives:  Blending Cultural and Legal Voices in Defense of the Bear”
                                     Melissa Tatum, “The Role of Narrative in Defining Cultural Property”
                                     Kirsten Carlson, “Unresolved Disputes:  Narratives in the Transformation and Processing of Persistent Claims”

12:30-2:00 p.m.     David Carlson, The Pragmatics of Literary Nationalism
                                     Amelia Katanski, “Writing the Living Law:  American Indian Literature as Legal Narrative”
                                     Jennifer Camden & Kate Fort, “Cooper’s The Pioneers & Johnson v. M’Intosh:  Legal Fictions of 1823”
                                     Stuart Rieke & Monique Vondall-Rieke, “Perceptions of Restorative Justice:  A Winter’s Tale, A Jury of Her Peers, and Shamengwa”