- Provide an academic and educational atmosphere and opportunity for law students to study Federal, State, and Native Nation laws affecting Native Nation and their citizens
- Provide legal assistance on uniquely Native Nation legal matters
- Encourage and assist Indian students in obtaining a legal education
Native Nation Externships
The externship program is designed to give law students a unique opportunity to gain real world experience by working and sometimes living in a Native Nation territory or reservation.
Intertribal Food System Development
Building upon a Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) award to implement Tribal Food Codes with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in 2019, the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center has provided essential legal and policy support at the federal, state, and Tribal levels to advance innovative intertribal food system development.
The Tribal Elder Food Box Program, initiated with three Tribes in 2021, has expanded to all eleven Wisconsin federally recognized Tribes, demonstrating how intertribal cooperation can support economic development while addressing critical community health and nutrition needs. Under a UW-Madison Baldwin Grant, the GLILC has supported Tribal partners in creating a Great Lakes Intertribal Food Coalition to coordinate these efforts that are highlighted by:
- An $8.5 million USDA Increasing Land, Capital, and Market Access Program award
- Policy advocacy to USDA direclty leading to a $100 million Tribal set-aside under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Program that helping to support the Tribal Elder Food Box amonsty dozens of other efforts across the nation
- Co-leading the Tribal component of the $20 million Great Lakes Midwest Regional Food Business Center with Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems
Rural Partnership Institute
GLILC staff is co-leading a project under UW-Madison's new Rural Partnerships Institute with UW-Madison Extension to advance the land-grant mission of the university, support community-based projects, and create new partnerships to better meet the needs of rural communities.
Alumni Spotlight: The Honorable Samuel R. C. Crowfoot ’12
Samuel Crowfoot, who grew up in the Siksika Blackfoot reservation in Alberta, Canada, knew from a young age that he wanted to be a lawyer and improve life for Native tribes. Just six years out of law school, Crowfoot now serves as the Chief Judge for the Pueblo of Zuni Tribal Court. Read the Q&A featured in the Gargoyle alumni magazine.
Indian Affairs in Wisconsin
- State-Tribal Relations (WI Legislative Committee)
- Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
- American Indian Chamber of Commerce
- Indian Law Section of the Wisconsin Bar Association
- American Indian Studies Program
- Wisconsin Tribal Judges Association
- Turtle Talk