Second Annual Global Mining Law Summit to Focus on Mineral Development with Native American and Indigenous Communities

Global Mining Law Summit 2017Leaders from mining, indigenous communities and public policy will assemble on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, for the University of Arizona’s second annual Global Mining Law Summit. This year’s summit theme is “Building Capacity for Mineral Development with Native Americans and Indigenous Communities: a Two-Way Street.”

The summit is hosted by the University of Arizona Global Mining Law Program, a collaboration of the James E. Rogers College of Law and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

The summit will explore critical questions such as:

  • How can mining projects increase recognition in indigenous land and resource rights?
  • How can industry and educational institutions respond to the needs of Native American communities in promoting the technical requirements for mineral resource development?
  • How can project acceptance be gained from affected indigenous communities?

When: Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (followed by a reception)
Where: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ, 85721
Who may attend: The conference is open to the public and will be of particular interest to mining industry leaders, indigenous leaders and public policy makers. Space is limited, and registration is required.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by University of Arizona Law Professor Rebecca Tsosie. The topic is "Origins and Conceptions of Indian Reservations; an analysis of the Native American cultural view of the reservation as a historic homeland and identification of off-reservation values."

Additional speakers include:

  • Tracy Bame, director, social responsibility and community development, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., a natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Luke Danielson, president and co-founder of Sustainable Development Strategies Group, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote research, teaching and application of the principles of sustainable development in the field of natural resource development
  • Miriam Jorgensen, research director at the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
  • Buddy Rocha Jr., Yavapai-Apache director of economic development, Camp Verde Sand and Gravel.
  • Peter DuVois, Ph.D candidate, UA College of Mines

Visit the Global Mining Summit website for more details, including the complete schedule and how to register.

Event Contact: Bernadette Wilkinson, senior program coordinator, University of Arizona Law, 520-626-1629,