At left, Angelique EagleWoman
'Native American presence in Southern Idaho' conference March 15 in Boise
BOISE — Native American Presence in Southern Idaho – a day long cross cultural conference is Saturday, March 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State Street, in Boise.
The conference is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $25 all day including lunch or $15 for the keynote address and lunch only. All are welcome and no one will be turned away.
Kessler-Keener Lectures and the Red River Powwow Association is presenting the conference so the public can deepen their awareness of Native culture and history in southern Idaho (pre and post European contact) and be involved in ongoing opportunities to increase understanding and friendship between Native and non Native people.
Angelique Townsend EagleWoman, an associate professor at the University of Idaho School of Law, will give the keynote address focusing on the interactions between U.S. federal Indian policy and contemporary history of the Tribal Nations in southern Idaho. She will detail the often contradictory federal policies that have affected the land status, human rights, and governance for Tribal Nations across the United States. The close relationship between land stewardship and tribal worldviews will be discussed through the shifting federal policies that continue to be in place. Through federal laws and policies, non-Natives often own fee simple land within reservation boundaries that can lead to tension over regulatory authority in neighboring communities. The keynote will conclude with an example of the work left to be done between Native and non-Native communities as exemplified in the recent Ninth Circuit decision on land zoning within the boundaries of the Fort Hall Reservation, Evans v. Shoshone-Bannocks Land Use Policy Commission, 736 F.3d 1298 (9th Cir. 2013).
In addition, tribal members from Fort Hall and the Shoshone-Paiute Reservation will share about tribal and family history related to the Boise Valley. The importance of continuing to return to the Boise Valley will be emphasized.
To RSVP and pre-register contact Ed Keener at 208-429-0266, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.kesslerkeener.org