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ICWA and Peace Circles Colloquium (March 17, 2017, Oregon)

Date: 9:00am – 4:00pm PDT March 17
Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Legal Research Center

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Lewis & Clark Law School’s Indian Law Program presents the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Peace Circles Colloquium.


Welcome:  Jennifer J. Johnson, Dean of the Lewis and Clark Law School

Prayer:  Celeste Whitewolf, Esq.

Purpose:  Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks,

Walter Echo-Hawk Visiting Professor. Lewis and Clark

Keynote Speaker: The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Sacredness of the Family

Sheldon Spotted Elk, Esq.  Casey Family Foundation

Overview of ICWA, the Regulations, Guidelines, Case updates:

Shanna Knight, NICWA; Casey Foundation

“My Journey,” Carma Corcoran, Lewis and Clark School of Law

Keeping the Child at the Center of the Circle”

Moderator:  Carma Corcoran, Lewis and Clark School of Law

Peace Circle Models as an Option for working with Indian Child Welfare cases

Moderator:  Nora Antoine, Mediator

Hon. Kevin Briscoe, Chief Justice, MBCI (MS Choctaw); National American Indian Court Judges’ Association (NAICJA), Vice President, Juvenile Peacemaking

Hon. Mike Jackson, Peacemaker, Peace Circles, Kake, Alaska

Hon. Mike Petoskey, Esq., Chief Judge, Pokegon Potawatomi Tribal Court, A Judicial Perspective:  Culture and tradition and the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers

Resiliency Courts and Peace Reflections by Jurists

Presenters:  Brett Lee Shelton, Esq., Native American Rights Fund (NARF); Hon. Tim Connors, Judge, Michigan State Court; Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks, Esq., NAICJA, Walter Echo-Hawk Visiting Professor Lewis and Clark School of Law

Reflections:   Hon. Robert Yazzie, Navajo Nation, Chief Justice Emeritus; Shawn Watts, Esq., Columbia School of Law; Hon. Kathryn Tennyson, President National Council Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Closing Prayer: Hon. Robert Yazzie