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Symposium to focus on tribal sovereignty

Tribal Sovereignty and its place on the world stage will highlight this year's University of Oklahoma College of Law, American Indian Law Review and OU Native American Studies Department's annual symposium.  

The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at The University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 W. Timberdell in Norman.

This year's "Tribal Sovereignty: A Global Perspective" symposium will highlight issues indigenous peoples face at the international and regional levels, as well as the ability of tribes to engage economically on an international level. 

The morning session will feature keynote speaker George Tiger, Principal Chief, Muscogee (Creek) Nation; and Dr. James Collard, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomie Nation. The afternoon session will feature keynote speaker Jose Francisco CalÌ Tzay (Maya Kaqchikel), Chairperson, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; Professor Dinah Shelton, George Washington University Law School, and former member, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Armstrong Wiggins (Miskito), Director, Washington, D.C. office, Indian Law Resource Center; Neha Sheth, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; and Professor Dieter Dˆrr, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

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