Twin Lakes Seminar Series Kicks off Saturday, June 11
The Friends of Twin Lakes (FTL) is making good on their promise to provide educational activities at the old Schoolhouse in Twin Lakes, which the group currently leases. Now that they have completed the rehabilitation work at schoolhouse, FTL are ready to move beyond the one shot emergency training for the races and fire mitigation training to offering longer term items.
To that end, their first such series – Native Nations – starts this Saturday, June 11. The seminar series is open to the public and free of charge, taking place at Twin Lakes Schoolhouse located at 231 Lang Street in the village.
The series will run through the fall taking place on the second Saturday of each month, from June 11 to October 8, 2016 from 9 – 10 a.m. The seminars provide an opportunity to understand history from the perspective of Native Nations. According to organizers, the perspective that will be presented is not frequently taught in public schools, nor is it often accurately portrayed in movies or on television. This is a unique opportunity to move beyond stereotypes and listen to the voices of Native people.
The seminar leader is Judy Leaming, Esq. (Catawba/Cherokee), an educator and attorney who served as legal counsel for Native Nations in Indian Country for 30 years. She brings a diverse and solid background to lead the seminars following her career as a legal advisor for a variety of Tribal Nations and entities: the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towoac, CO, the Catawba Nation in Rock Hill, SC, the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Nespelem, WA.
In addition, Judy taught Indian law at Northwest Indian College located on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, WA, at Wenatchee Valley Community College in Omak, WA, and at Colorado Mountain College campuses in both Buena Vista and Leadville, CO.
Please feel free to attend one or all seminars of interest. More details on each of the seminars can be found on the Friends of Twin Lakes website. Friends of Twin Lakes requests that you try to print or review the materials for each session in advance to defray copy costs. The first material outline can be viewed: HERE.
The seminar topics are as follows:
- Native Nations prior to and at the time of European contact. A tale of three sovereigns: the federal government, individual states and Native Nations.
- Federal policy in Indian Country.
- Contemporary issues in Indian country.
- U.S. assimilation policies: removal, allotment, relocation, termination, boarding schools and the forced removal of Native children.
- Jurisdiction in Indian Country: which court has the power to decide?