Professor Kevin Washburn, Holding Redlich Fellow
Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, proudly presents:
American Indian Tribal Nations and the Transition from Obama to Trump
Date: 8 June 2017
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Public event - all welcome
Recent changes in the American legal and political landscape for American Indian nations have had consequences that are perhaps somewhat unexpected. The substantive decisions of the nascent Trump Administration have signalled a direction in federal Indian policy that is troubling to tribal nations. However, the decisions have galvanized opposition and solidified a burgeoning social movement around environmental issues.
A new generation of Native Americans are flexing their muscles and learning to fight for Native rights. It is also clear, however, that Indian nations are on all sides of many of the policy issues. In light of the clash between the new Administration and newly energized advocates, and the increasing complexities, it is unclear which direction policy will take regarding tribal nations.
Kevin Washburn is coming to Australia as part of the Castan Centre's Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow program.
Professor Washburn served as the highest-ranking advisor to the U.S. President on issues involving Indian tribes during the second term of the Administration of President Barack Obama. Washburn was conformed to this role, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, unanimously by the U.S. Senate. In that position, Washburn oversaw more than 8000 employees in the U.S. federal government and had a budget that grew to US $2.9 billion. In developing American policy, he testified before committees of the U.S. Congress approximately 30 times and also represented the United States frequently before the United Nations in Geneva. Washburn was credited with helping the Obama Administration achieve unprecedented advances for Native Americans in the continental U.S., and Alaska Natives as well as Native Hawaiians.
Professor Kevin Washburn is a Holding Redlich Distinguished Fellow
The Human Rights Lecture Series is sponsored by The Saturday Paper