Professor Robert Anderson, Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and Director, Native American Law Center, University of Washington and Professor of Law, will present a lecture on Aboriginal land claims in Alaska were not settled until 1971 with passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. ANCSA was an experimental approach that contained aspects of the termination policy as well as the self-determination policy. While sovereignty and land tenure issues remain in some degree of flux, Native rights to hunt, fish, and gather were not adequately dealt with in the Settlement. This year’s lecture will review the Settlement of aboriginal claims, and focus on the litigation over the right to fish at a traditional village and fish camp site by upper Ahtna people. This battle was led by Katie John, a revered Alaska Native elder who refused to accept the State of Alaska’s closure of a customary and traditional Native fishery. Katie John’s journey through the federal courts reveals a story of determination, and deep flaws in the Settlement Act respecting hunting, fishing and gathering rights.
Free and open to the public. Public reception to follow the lecture.
1 Free CLE (Continuted Legal Education) credit will be offered. RSVP would be appreciated.