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March 13, 2007

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
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MSU Law’s Fletcher and Fort Chosen by Major National Tribal Government Organization to Present at Conference

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher, director of the MSU Law Indigenous Law Program and Kate Fort, MSU Law staff attorney and adjunct clinical professor for the Indigenous Law Program, were chosen by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center to present at the second annual NCAI Mid-Year Session this June in Anchorage, Alaska.

Fletcher and Fort will present their findings and practical implications of their research for tribal communities at the conference’s Leader/Scholar forum. A conference that draws hundreds of tribal representatives from across the nation, participants will discuss critical issues to Indians in the United States, with an emphasis on developing strategies on national Indian/Alaska native issues, as well as how research presented may be applied to tribal and federal policymaking.

"We are honored to be able to present our research and findings to those that develop the strategies and implement the policy that secure Indian’s rights across the country," Professor Fletcher said. "Ms. Fort and I look forward to traveling to Anchorage and being in an environment where native culture is so prevalent and among those who work so hard to protect the rights of all Indian people."

The NCAI’s membership includes 250 member tribes across the United States and serves as the country’s major national tribal government organization. Its second annual NCAI Mid-Year Session will take place June 10-13, 2007.

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