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Color of Law Speaker Discusses Native American Law

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

browncolor_of_lawjpgOn October 19, the School of Law hosted Kathleen A. Brown-Perez as part of the Color of Law Roundtable Discussion Series. Brown-Perez is an attorney and assistant professor with Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts where she teaches a course in federal Indian policy as well as criminal law. Her speech, "Career Paths: Scholar of Native American Law," discussed her experiences working with her tribe, the Brothertown Indian Nation, in its ongoing struggle to gain recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Brown-Perez said, in regard to the Brothertown Indian Nation that is attempting to obtain recognition, that "it's almost like a pride thing. We want to be one of those federally recognized tribes because there is a sense of legitimacy. And sadly the legitimacy just doesn't come from the dominate culture, it comes from other Indian people as well."

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