The Contemporary Fight for Tribal Sovereignty

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The Contemporary Fight for Tribal Sovereignty

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    Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

    5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




    Join Vanessa Racehorse and Angela Medrano for a lunch talk, “The Contemporary Fight for Tribal Sovereignty”. This discussion will cover the social, political and legal foundations of tribal sovereignty, Federal Indian Law, and the case law that shapes current efforts to advance justice, equity, and tribal sovereignty in the U.S.

    Vanessa Racehorse is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and a descendant of the Cherokee Nation and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes. She has a JD from Columbia Law School and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam. Ms. Racehorse has worked in-house for the Colorado River Indian Tribes, was an associate with a boutique law firm that provides general counsel services and represents tribes across the country in litigation, and is currently an attorney for the California Native American Heritage Commission where she focuses on cultural resources protection. Ms. Racehorse will be teaching Native American Law at USD Law in Spring 2022.

    Angela Medrano is a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians and is an alumna of University of San Diego School of Law. She operates her own law practice in North County specializing in general civil, tribal, and federal Indian law. Ms. Medrano is a current board member of the San Diego County Bar Association and is President of the Native American Lawyers Association of San Diego County. In 2019, Ms. Medrano joined the Intertribal Court of Southern California as a pro tem judge.

    Co-sponsored by the Student Bar Association, American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, Law Students for Cross-Racial Understanding, Pro Bono Legal Advocates, Public Interest Law Foundation, and Women's Law Caucus.

    Lunch will be provided to the first 50 registrants.

    Vanessa Racehorse and Angela Medrano

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