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The Brackeen Decision and the Future of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Image shows a photo of Sarah Deer and logos of the sponsoring and co-sponsoring groups. Text Reads: Sarah Deer, University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansa, and Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals

Justice Deer will review the recent Supreme Court decision in Brackeen v. Haaland, which upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). She will explore what this opinion means going forward and offer insight into the future of ICWA.

Speaker: Sarah Deer, J.D., is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, where she has a dual appointment in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Indigenous Studies Program. She is an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of Federal Indian law and violent crime, with a focus on violence against Native women. She also serves as the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.

Her legal scholarship focuses on the challenges facing Tribal Nations in the United States, particularly criminal justice. She is the author of The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, co-author of four textbooks on tribal law and has been published in a wide variety of law journals, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Justice Deer has received many awards and honors including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Please register here for the Zoom Webinar.


Thursday, November 2, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Online – Zoom


Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Native American Student Development, UC Berkeley
Center for Race and Gender
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

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