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The Legacy of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Indian Law

Date: May 5, 2004

May 5, 7:30 pm, Encounters, Clay Jenkinson, Humanities Scholar in Residence, Lewis & Clark College

May 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.- Symposium presentations

This symposium is the first of three annual symposia the Lewis & Clark Law School is convening in conjunction with the Lewis & Clark College commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The three symposia will occur in the springs of 2004, 2005, and 2006, to coincide with the years of the original journey. The conferences will address the broad impacts of the Corps of Discovery from three angles:

2004: The Doctrine of Discovery and its Legacy: how the developing United States legal system dealt with the “discovery” of the Native Americans by Lewis and Clark and other European/American explorers

2005: The Rule of Capture and its Consequences: how the legal system dealt with the acquired territory and its natural resources

2006: The Next Frontier: how to learn lessons from the past to create sustainable resource management in the future.

The 2004 symposium will begin Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. with a lecture by Clay Jenkinson, Lewis & Clark College Humanities Scholar in Residence and expert on Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Dr. Jenkinson will examine Lewis and Clark’s encounters with Native Americans during the journey and discuss their instructions from President Jefferson regarding these encounters. The evening’s lecture will be followed by a reception for symposium speakers, attendees, and invited guests.

On May 6, participants will have a full day of speakers and discussion on the evolution of Indian law doctrine, from the early days of the expanding United States to current times. Featured speakers include

Stephen Dow Beckham, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College and a recognized expert on the region’ s Native American tribes;

Michael C. Blumm, Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School and an expert on native natural resource issues and legal history;

Robert J. Miller, Associate Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School and an expert in Indian Law and member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma;

Judith V. Royster, Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa School of Law, and an expert on allotment policies and native natural resources;

Rennard Strickland, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law and a noted legal historian of Osage and Cherokee heritage;

Rebecca Tsosie, Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics at Arizona State University College of Law and a well-known Indian law scholar;

Gerald Torres, H. O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law at the University of Texas School of Law and an expert in critical race studies and environmental justice.

Invitees to this symposium will include Indian law scholars and practitioners throughout the country, governmental lawyers and policy makers, tribal members and employees, Lewis & Clark Law School alumni, law students nationwide, and the practicing bar generally.

Symposium coordinator: Janet Neuman, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark College, 503 768-6633.

For information about Continuing Legal Education credit, contact Liz Stephens, Oregon Law Institute, or 503-768-6581.

For further information about Bicentennial Programs, please consult

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