U.S.-Dakota War Symposium

Tue, 2012-05-29 15:31 -- Julianna.Olsen
Event Date(s): 
Oct 26 2012 (All day)


William Mitchell College of Law
875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: (888) 962-5529

William Mitchell College of Law, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, is hosting an all-day conference on legal issues arising from the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. 

The Law and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
October 26, 2012


Symposium Agenda
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Prayer
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Military Tribunals, Executions & Pardons”
Carol L. Chomsky, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota Law 
Paul Finkleman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany 
Law School
Lenor A. Scheffler, Partner, Best & Flanagan
Ann Tweedy, Assistant Professor, Hamline University School of Law (moderator)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Genocide, Human Rights, and the Need for Reconciliation”
Angelique Townsend EagleWoman, Associate Professor of Law and James E. Rogers Fellow in American 
Indian Law, University of Idaho College of Law
Waziyatawin, Associate Professor, Indigenous Peoples Research Chair, University of Victoria
12:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
Native American Law Students Association Silent Auction
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.  “Reflections on my Ancestors:  Artemas Ehnamani and the U.S.-Dakota War”
John P. LaVelle, Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  “Rethinking the Effect of the Abrogation of the Dakota Treaties and the Removal of the Dakota People from their Homeland”
Howard Vogel, Emeritus Professor, Hamline University School of Law
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
“A Program of Extermination:  Governor Ramsey, the Minnesota Adjutant General, and Dakota Bounties”
Colette Routel, Associate Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
“Modern Communities:  Court Systems of the Minnesota Dakota”
Sarah Deer Associate Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
John E. Jacobson, Tribal Judge, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community Tribal Court; Of 
Counsel, Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen
4:30 p.m. Lacquiparle / Hymn 141
Singer, Steve Emery, Senior Tribal Attorney & Citizen, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Featured Speakers:
John LaVelle is a chaired professor at the University of New Mexico Law School, where he directs the Indian Law Program.  Professor LaVelle is a member of the Santee Sioux Nation.  His great-great-grandfather, Artemas Ehnamani, was one of the Dakota sentenced to death by the military tribunal following the war, but ultimately pardoned by President Lincoln.
Angelique EagleWoman is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and a tenured professor at the University of Idaho School of Law.  She teaches Native American Law, Native Natural Resources Law, Tribal Economics and Law and Civil Procedure.
Paul Finkleman is a professor at Albany Law School and a Visiting Professor at Duke University School of Law.  Professor Finkelman's main area of expertise is American legal history, and, more specifically, slavery, the American Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln.  His presentation will be entitled "War, Pardons and Race: Lincoln's Humanitarian Instincts, Civil War Politics and the Dakota Hangings."
Other conference speakers will include Colette Routel of William Mitchell College of Law, Sarah Deer of William Mitchell College of Law, Howard Vogel of Hamline University School of Law, Waziyatawin of the University of Victoria in British Columbia and Lenor Scheffler, an attorney at Best & Flanagan and an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community.  
Event Organization: 
William Mitchell College of Law and the Minnesota Historical Society