IPLP Speaker Series
Each semester the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program hosts leading Indigenous rights scholars and legal advocates as part of IPLP’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
All IPLP speaker series events are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the spring 2021 semester all events will be held online via Zoom.
Fall 2021 Speaker Series
Law Cats Live: Collaborating to build the policy infrastructure for Indian Country
August 27, 12:15PM (Arizona time)
Join us on August 27 at 12:15 PM (Arizona time) for LawCats Live, "Collaborating to build the policy infrastructure for Indian Country."
Arizona Law Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie and Lohse Fellow Darrah Blackwater ('20) will discuss the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program's policy initiative and ways in which grassroots leadership and advocacy at the community level can inform federal policy. During this lively conversation they will focus on spectrum sovereignty, broadband infrastructure in Indian Country, digital inclusion, environmental and climate resilience, as well as the comparative research being done across borders on Indigenous health, education, and sustainable economies.
Indigenous Governance Program Info Session
Sep 28, 2PM (Arizona time)
Join Professor Robert Williams, Miriam Jorgensen, and Torivio Fodder to learn about the graduate and professional degrees and certificates offered by the Indigenous Governance Program (IGP). A partnership between University of Arizona Law’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and the University of Arizona Native Nations Institute (NNI), IGP provides professional development, leadership training, and graduate education for individuals interested in a deep, practical understanding of Indigenous governance and rights.
We offer a Master of Professional Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Governance, and a Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance.
20 Years of Indigenous Advocacy: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The 20 Years of Indigenous Advocacy: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples conference will be held October 6-7, fully online.
The conference will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mandate. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and there will be a special event as part of the conference acknowledging the work of the IPLP Program and its graduates in promoting and protecting Indigenous peoples’ human rights around the world.
The conference will be co-convened by UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and University of Arizona Law Lecturer in Law and Associate Director, IPLP Human Rights Clinical Programs, José Francisco Calí Tzay, and IPLP Faculty Co-Chair, Regents Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr.
The two-day conference will focus on the work and lessons learned over the course of 20 years of UN Indigenous human rights advocacy by the UN Special Rapporteur. Invited speakers include the Indigenous human rights advocates and movement leaders who were directly involved in the creation of the mandate, UN appointed officials involved in the initial launch of the mandate, Indigenous human rights defenders on the front lines of Indigenous human rights advocacy today, and surprise guests.
Recognizing Ourselves: Indigenous Recognition in North America
October 29, 12-2PM PST
University of Arizona Law's Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (AJELP), Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program are excited to bring you a panel discussion and Q&A featuring Professor Rob Williams, Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Dr. Danielle Hiraldo, and Mr. Gabriel Galanda, titled "Recognizing Ourselves: Indigenous Recognition in North America."
Registration is required to attend the event: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctf-murDMjE9AcWAYlbi_IYb-c317...
Spring 2022 Speaker Series
Intro to Navajo Fundamental Law
February 17, 12 P.M. (Arizona time)
IPLP is honored to host Mr. Rodgerick T. Begay, Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Chapter Unit. Mr. Begay will provide a brief introduction on the Navajo Fundamental Law statute and share information about his professional experience, offer advice for law students, and provide information on legal careers with the Navajo Nation.
Rodgerick T. Begay is Todik’ozhi (Salt Water Clan), born for the Biih Bitoodni (Deer Spring Clan), maternal grandfathers are Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House People), paternal grandfathers are Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). He is Dine (member of the Navajo Nation). His wife and 4 kids are Hashk’aa Hadzohi (Yucca Fruit Strung Out In a Line Clan). He received his JD from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He’s been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 2004 and a member of the Navajo Nation Bar since 2005. He began his legal career at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) in 2005. Thereafter he was a staff attorney at the Chinle District Court (2007–2012) and the WR District Court (2012–2013). He returned to NNDOJ in 2013 and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Economic-Community Development Unit (2013–2016) and the Water Rights Unit (2018–2019). From 2016 to 2018, he was appointed as the Deputy Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. He currently serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the NNDOJ, Chapter Unit.