Honoring Sovereignty: An Indian Law Update



  • Available Until 12/31/2025
  • Class Time 9:00 AM CT
  • Duration 375 min.
  • Format On-Demand
  • Program Code 137068-97988
  • Ethics Credits: 2.00 hr(s)
  • General Credits: 5.00 hr(s)

Price: $175.00

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Oklahoma Bar Association Indian Law Section CLE
December 21, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Oklahoma Bar Center, Oklahoma City and Online






Welcome from OCU Law Dean David Holt

The Hon. David Holt


U.S. Supreme Court Update

A discussion focused on the Supreme Court’s notable Indian law decisions in the last year and cases to watch on this year’s docket.

Prof. Marc Roark, University of Tulsa College of Law, Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Development


Tribal Court Transitions

A primer on how to transition from a tribal court created by the Code of Federal Regulations, i.e. a “CFR Court,” to an independent tribal court, featuring necessary legal infrastructure and practical tips.

Hon. Eldridge Onco, Chief Justice, Kiowa Tribal Court;

Hon. Heather Mitchell, Chief Judge, Kiowa Tribal Court;

Hershel M. Gorham, Esq., General Counsel, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes





Smoothing the Path from Fee to Trust

A detailed overview on how to make an application to Interior for taking land into trust, whether for gaming, non-gaming or “mandatory” acquisitions.

Valery Giebel, Esq., senior Indian law attorney, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor, Tulsa Field Office





Farm Bill Updates for Indian Country

Learn how updates to the 2018 Farm Bill 2023 will impact Indian Country’s farming, ranching, hemp, forestry and nutrition programs to achieve food sovereignty and security.

Carly D. Griffith Hotvedt, Esq.

Associate Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative ("IFIA"), University of Arkansas Law School

Kelli Case

Senior Staff Attorney, IFIA

Kristiana Coutu

Director of Policy, Research and Governance, IFIA


Restoring the Indian Treaty Power

Professor Pearl will discuss the likely unconstitutional nature of the 1871 prohibition on the President’s ability to enter into treaties with Indian tribes, touching on relevant case law on separation of powers, potential legal challenges and how the ability to negotiate treaties would solve many disputes between Oklahoma tribes and the State.

Prof. M. Alexander Pearl,

University of Oklahoma College of Law





Eliminating Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession


This interactive session will explore how attorneys can meet their duty under the Rules of Professional Conduct to respect the legal system and those who serve it by recognizing and mitigating implicit bias in their relationships and interactions with clients, job applicants and as prosecutors, defense counsel and judges. 


Dr. Natasha M. Mickel, PhD., Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Faculty Development, University of Oklahoma HSC.

Stephanie Hudson, Esq., director, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services; President, Oklahoma Bar Association Indian Law Section




Disclaimer:  All views or opinions expressed by any presenter during the course of this CLE is that of the presenter alone and not an opinion of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the employers, or affiliates of the presenters unless specifically stated. Additionally, any materials, including the legal research, are the product of the individual contributor, not the Oklahoma Bar Association. The Oklahoma Bar Association makes no warranty, express or implied, relating to the accuracy or content of these materials