The Law and Indigenous Peoples Program and the Tribal Law Journal, University of New Mexico School of Law is organizing a symposium to acknowledge 50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act.


Protection and Denial of the Civil Rights of Native Americans

As a small minority group in America, Native Americans have been left out of civil rights discussions in this country, both historically and in modern times. Yet American Indians suffer discrimination and civil rights violations common to other people of color, including police brutality, housing and employment discrimination, and suppression of voting rights.

In addition, their unique political status makes Indians vulnerable to being singled out for special kinds of governmental persecution and exploitation. This symposium will bring much needed attention to the protection and denial of the civil rights of Native Americans in the fifty years since Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968.

The format invites us to listen to and learn from Indian people’s stories and perspectives on a wide range of civil rights and human rights issues. We will also hear from governmental leaders, Indian law scholars, and others about what we all can do to help protect Native people in the future.

This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 7.0 General hours of credit.

Presenters (Confirmed)

  • Professor Richard B. Collins of the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Professor David E. Wilkins of the University of Minnesota


UNM School of Law

1117 Stanford NE MSC11 6070, 1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Who should attend?

Everyone is invited, and the organizers especially look forward to participation by people who are:

  • Native American individuals who have experienced discrimination first-hand
  • Tribal leaders who are working to protect tribal members impacted by ICRA
  • Scholars who want to learn more about the Act’s continuing impact on Native individuals and communities
  • Federal and state officials whose work involves protection of Indian people’s civil rights
  • Activists committed to supporting Indian people’s struggle for social justice
  • Indian law students and lawyers who practice in the field of Indian law
  • Members of the general public who want to be become informed about the most pressing issues facing Native Americans in the 21st century.

Symposium schedule can be found here.


Online registration can be done here. Space may become limited and early registration is strongly recommended.

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For further information, please visit official page here.