Cherokee Playwright and Attorney presents "Sovereignty" Thursday, Feb 21st

A play by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation) Sovereignty, will be performed by TheatreSquared with support from The University of Arkansas. Sovereignty, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle, is receiving national attention and praise across the United States, including articles in The New York Times and American Theatre magazine.

7 pm, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville - Thursday 21, 2019

In Sovereignty, Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval Office to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth. Nagle, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and direct descendant of John Ridge, wrote Sovereignty as a commission for the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where the play received its world premiere and opened on January 24, 2018.

Free to the public, but registration is required. 

Free, register online with Crystal Bridges.

Posted on February 19, 2019 and filed under Cherokee Humanities.

New Book by Professor Clint Carroll

University of Colorado's Professor Clint Carroll (Cherokee Nation) has published Roots of Our Renewal:  Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance (Univ. of Minnesota Press 2015).

In Roots of Our Renewal, Clint Carroll tells how Cherokee people have developed material, spiritual, and political ties with the lands they have inhabited since removal from their homelands in the southeastern United States. Although the forced relocation of the late 1830s had devastating consequences for Cherokee society, Carroll shows that the reconstituted Cherokee Nation west of the Mississippi eventually cultivated a special connection to the new land—a connection that is reflected in its management of natural resources.

Until now, scant attention has been paid to the interplay between tribal natural resource management programs and governance models. Carroll is particularly interested in indigenous environmental governance along the continuum of resource-based and relationship-based practices and relates how the Cherokee Nation, while protecting tribal lands, is also incorporating associations with the nonhuman world. Carroll describes how the work of an elders’ advisory group has been instrumental to this goal since its formation in 2008. 

An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Carroll draws from his ethnographic observations of Cherokee government–community partnerships during the past ten years. He argues that indigenous appropriations of modern state forms can articulate alternative ways of interacting with and “governing” the environment. 


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Posted on July 8, 2015 .

Summer Pre-Law Opportunity - Arkansas Law

June 16 – July 13, 2013

LSAC’s PLUS Program is an immersive four-week (June 16 – July 13, 2013) summer program for up to 20 students entering their sophomore or junior year in fall 2013. Application components must be submitted by mail as one packet postmarked by Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

The program focuses on the inclusion of the following groups:

  • students from colleges or universities with historical or significant populations of African American, Asian American, Latino, & American Indian students;
  • who are the first generation in their family to attend college;
  • who experience significant financial challenges; and
  • student populations which are historically underrepresented in law school.

Preference will be given to students who are registrants.

Program Costs

Instruction and room and board will be provided free-of-charge. Participants will be housed in on-campus, community-style residential halls, and will have access to campus dining facilities. Two resident assistants will provide support and mentorship to participants.

Participants also will receive a $900 stipend and up to $200 in financial assistance for travel to and from the program.

Course Credit

The School of Law will collaborate with students’ home institutions for possible course credit. Course credit would be limited to a single course (additional costs may apply) and would not correspond with the stipend. The participant’s stipend is based on 20 hours of work per week and will set off loss of income from their inability to have a summer job while they are participating in the program.

LSAC’s PLUS Program at the University of Arkansas

Posted on April 4, 2013 .

Wisconsin Law Teaching Fellowship Seeks Application Now

The Hastie Fellowship at Wisconsin is looking for applicants.  In full disclosure, I am biased and a cheerleader for this program, which I credit with having the biggest impact on my ability to enter legal academia.  It's an LLM program, with a two-year residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Law.  The program has an excellent reputation as THE pipeline program for minority law professors.

Posted on February 17, 2013 and filed under Cherokee Scholars, Education, Indian Scholars.

ICWA Case before US Supreme Court 2013

As promised, here's more detail on the Baby Veronica case involving the Cherokee Nation.  The Supreme Court of South Carolina declined to finalize the adoption and the biological father, a Cherokee citizen, now has custody of the child.  Here's the South Carolina decision.  The United States Supreme Court granted cert and will hear the case in April.  Two provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act are at issue.  

Posted on February 17, 2013 and filed under Cherokee Nation, Federal Courts, State or Federal Politics.