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GLILC Components

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:

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


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Amanda White Eagle

Outreach Program Manager

Dan Cornelius


Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center
975 Bascom Mall
Law Building Room 7110
Madison, WI

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