Published: March 15, 2017
'Winter Morning' by Melanie Yazzie

Winter Morning by Melanie Yazzie

If you go

Friday, March 17
1 to 5 p.m. at UMC 235

Saturday, March 18
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wolf Law

What does it mean for law to solicit native testimony? Who tells such stories, with what authority, and with what protections and possible consequences? How do traditions and stories get reshaped in legal contexts? How might storytelling challenge law?

Presented by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS), Indigenous Storytelling and Law: An Interdisciplinary Symposium will explore the ways indigenous narratives are spoken, heard and acted upon in legal settings.

The interdisciplinary event will take place Friday, March 17, at the University Memorial Center (UMC) and Saturday, March 18, at Wolf Law Building.

The highlighted session "Indian Country and the Trump Administration: Law, Policy, and Activism" is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. and will feature: S. James Anaya, Kristen Carpenter, Richard Collins, Troy Eid, Carla Fredericks, Maymangwa Flying Earth, Theresa Halsey, Sarah Krakoff, Jennifer Weddle, Heather Whiteman Runs Him, and Charles Wilkinson.

This event is free and open to the public and will include a reception on Saturday following the featured session. 

Visit the event page for more information and the full list of sessions. If you have any questions, please email CNAIS at

The symposium was made possible with generous support from the Innovative Seed Grant Program of CU’s Research & Innovation Office.

Special thanks to the symposium co-sponsors: American Indian Law Program & CU Law; Anthropology; Art & Art History; Center of the American West; Center for Values & Social Policy; Ethnic Studies; Geography; History; Linguistics; Political Science; and Religious Studies.