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MSU Law to Host Conference on Off-Reservation Gaming in Michigan

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law hosts the 9th Annual Indigenous Law Conference on “Off-Reservation Gaming in Michigan: A New Gamble,” on October 19, 2012.

“Off-reservation gaming is a particularly big issue in Michigan, given the multiple off-reservation gaming projects going on, including one in our backyard in Lansing,” says Kathryn Fort, interim co-director of Michigan State Law’s Indigenous Law & Policy Center.

Participants include several prominent speakers, including Kanji & Katzen keynote speaker Philip Hogen of Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen.

“We hope to gain additional insights and ideas about the interplay among tribal, state, and federal statutes and compacts; how the people involved in these projects see the future of off-reservation gaming; and the legal theories behind all of this work,” Fort added. “It’s an incredibly hot topic.”

Additional confirmed presenters include the following:

  • Andrew Adams III, Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen
  • William J. Brooks, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and FireKeepers Development Authority
  • Lael Echo-Hawk, Crowell Law Office
  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Elizabeth Lohah Homer, Homer Law, Chartered
  • Steven Andrew Light, University of North Dakota
  • Bryan Newland, United States Department of the Interior
  • John F. Petoskey, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan
  • Kathryn R.L. Rand, University of North Dakota School of Law
  • G. William Rice, University of Tulsa College of Law

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The Indigenous Law & Policy Center is the heart of the Indigenous Law Program at MSU College of Law. The Center has two goals: to train law students to work in Indian Country, and to provide services to institutional clients such as Indian tribes, tribal courts, and other tribal organizations on a wide variety of legal and policy questions. The Center’s “Turtle Talk” blog is a popular and influential source for up-to-the-minute updates and analysis on Indian law and politics. One of the most followed law blogs in the country, Turtle Talk is followed by tribal citizens; indigenous law scholars; and tribal, state, and federal leaders.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. Michigan State Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education, and is on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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