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Land, Law and Education: An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities

Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm, UMD Kirby Ballroom

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This event celebrates the 40th year of American Indian Studies at UMD
 

The University of Minnesota Duluth will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Morrill Act, with a forum “Land, Law and Education: An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in UMD Kirby Ballroom. A panel of distinguished speakers will explore the complex history of native people, land and education.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Colette Routel, a law professor from William Mitchell College of Law. She will speak on "Land Grants and State Obligations to Provide Higher Education to Indian Students" and will share information on cases she has worked on involving land-grant issues and treaty rights.

UMD Chancellor Dr. Lendley C. Black said that UMD is pleased to be one of the few universities dedicated to the land grant mission of real world research, service to community, and providing access to students.

"In addition to commemorating the anniversary of the Morrill Act, this year also marks the 40th year of American Indian Studies at UMD," Black said. "UMD is proud of over 20 innovative American Indian programs that range from medicine, to education, to social work and to tribal administration. We celebrate this remarkable history. Part of our land-grant mission is to partner with area tribal nations and we will continue that mission in the years ahead."

PANELISTS
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Federal Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois (White Earth Nation) Jill Doerfler, assistant professor, UMD American Indian Studies (White Earth Nation) Tadd Johnson, professor and department head of UMD American Indian Studies and director, UMD Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program (Bois Forte Band of Chippewa) Robert “Sonny” Peacock, director of Tribal Programs, Fond du La Tribal and Community College (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) Colette Routel, law professor, William Mitchell College of Law

In addition to Routel, panelists will present several perspectives on the issue.

Tadd Johnson (Bois Forte Band of Chippewa), professor and department head of UMD American Indian Studies and director of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance will deliver a talk about "Indians, Land and the Morrill Act."

Jill Doerfler (White Earth Nation), assistant professor, UMD American Indian Studies will speak about “American Indian Studies: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.

Leo Brisbois (White Earth Nation), Federal Magistrate Judge, will talk about "Rule of Law: Indians, Education and the Judiciary."

Dr. Robert “Sonny” Peacock (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), director of Tribal Programs, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, will speak on “Land Grant and Title III and its impact on Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.”

Light refreshments will be served. Community members may park for free in the pay lot, any maroon lot, or the meters after 6:30 pm.

 
UMD commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Land-Grant Act this year.
 

THE LAND-GRANT ACT OF 1862 

In the midst of our nation’s civil war, President Abraham Lincoln had the foresight to create an entirely new educational system. He believed that in order for the United States to become a great power, its industries needed an educated workforce. Introduced by Vermont Representative Justin Smith Morrill, the Morrill Act was signed into law by Lincoln in 1862. The act created land-grant universities, provided higher education to a wider range of social classes, and emphasized more applied studies to prepare students for the world.

Over the years, land-grant universities produced research that taught practical agriculture, built local economies, improved lives and created entirely new technologies. America's land-grant universities continue to fulfill their democratic mandate for openness, accessibility, and service to people. Many of these institutions, like UMD, have joined the ranks of the nation's most accomplished public research universities. Through the land-grant university heritage, UMD students study a wide range of academic disciplines and explore fields of inquiry far beyond the scope envisioned in the original land-grant mission. 

ADDITIONAL UMD LAND-GRANT EVENTS 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. presents "Our Environmental Destiny”
Friday, November 9, 2012, 7 pm, Marshall Performing Arts Center
Tickets required. Tickets will be available after October 15. Contact MPAC Box Office at 218-726-8561, 218-726-8877 or www.tickets.umn.edu (see UMD School of Fine Arts ticket box). Watch this website for more information.

Written by Cheryl Reitan with Madiha Mirza, October 2012

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