"Fencing off the Eagle and the Condor, Border Politics, and Indigenous Peoples"

Ninth Annual Distinguished American  Indian Speaker's Series

18 November 2008


   Angelique EagleWoman

Keynote Presenter:  Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. WasteWin)

For hundreds of thousands of years, indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere have been in contact and relationship with each other.  North America and Central America have a linked and related history.  Indigenous peoples in North America commonly look to the eagle as a symbol and those of Central and South America refer to the condor.  During European exploitation, colonization and settlement of the Western Hemisphere, indigenous peoples of Western Hemisphere have endured much to preserve culture, spirituality, language, and relationship across newly constructed borders.  Since the 1970s, there has been a renewed effort for the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere to join together in asserting human rights, cultural rights, sovereignty for their peoples, and to renew their common bonds.  Obstacles still remain to be overcome.  The latest U.S. Homeland Security measure to construct a 700 mile border wall separating the U.S. claimed boundary from the Mexico claimed boundary represents another such obstacle facing indigenous peoples in the last few years.  By drawing upon international legal principles, the Eagle and the Condor have avenues to meet on-going obstacles that seek to divide the indigenous peoples of this hemisphere.  

Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. WasteWin) is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law.  She is also the James E. Rogers Fellow in American Indian Law at the law school.  Professor EagleWoman has a diverse background that includes tribal economic development, legal code development, litigation, criminal law and scholarly interest in international indigenous law to her work at the University of Idaho Law.  She teaches in the areas of Native American Law, Native Natural Resources Law and Civil Procedure.  Highlights of her legal career include serving as General Counsel to the Sisseton-Wahpeton (Dakota) Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, working as an associate attorney with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse & Endreson in Washington, D.C. and serving as Tribal Public Defender for the Kaw Nation and the Ponca Nation, both of Oklahoma.

Date, Time and Place:  Angelique will speak on Tuesday November 18th in the College of Law Court Room on the University of Idaho campus, Moscow, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Arthur Taylor, the Native American Tribal Liaison to the Provost, will provide a welcome and will introduce Angelique.

Following Angelique's talk, there will be a question and answer session.  And join us in a reception following the talk.

Sponsorship: This speaking engagement is being sponsored by the American Indian Studies Program of the University of Idaho.

This session is free and open to the public.  All are welcome. 

For more information, contact Rodney Frey (U of I): (208) 885-6268 or e-mail: rfrey@uidaho.edu



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