The AALS Section on Indian Nations & Indigenous Peoples invites paper proposals for a program at the 2016 AALS meeting on sexuality and family structure. Submissions are due by Sept. 1, 2015. Selected papers will be published in the William Mitchell Law Review.
Proposals should address the following topics: How do Indian Tribes, First Nations, and other Indigenous Peoples regulate same-sex marriage, same-sex relationships, and adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples and LGBT individuals? What role does evidence of Tribal culture and tradition, if any, play in these decisions? Additionally, what are the processes by which Tribes change their laws with respect to same-sex relationships? More broadly, we are interested in the ways in which Tribes, First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples regulate sexuality and family structure.