Coming Together of Peoples Conference

March 16-17, 2018
Mendota Room, DeJope Residence Hall
640 Elm Drive, Madison

ILSA--the Indigenous Law Students Association--presents its 32nd annual Coming Together of Peoples conference, featuring 2 days of speakers and panels on a variety of environmental and health topics related to Indigenous sovereignty. Co-sponsored by Wunk Sheek, Associated Students of Madison, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and UW Law School.


Friday, March 16

8 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Native Nation Leaders

  • Chairman Willie Cleveland - Ho Chunk Nation
  • Chairman Mike Wiggins - Bad River Ojibwe Band of Lake Superior
  • Chairman Doug Cox - Menominee Nation

10:15 a.m. Indigenous Health

  • Denisa Livingston, Navajo Nation
  • Denny Simpson, Navajo Nation
  • Dr. Katie Cannon, Native American Center for Health Professionals

Noon. Indigenous Foods Lunch. Speaker: Maria Andrade

1 p.m. Legal Institutions & Grassroots Politics

  • Alexandra Huneeus, UW Law School
  • Steph Tai, UW Law School
  • Jessie Conaway, Nelson Institute
  • Leah Horowitz, UW School of Human Ecology

2:40 p.m. Seed Sovreignty, Indigenous Knowledge & Genetic Resources

  • Irwin Goldman, UW Horticulture Department
  • Jack Kloppenburg, Open Source Seed Initiative
  • Claire Luby, Open Source Seed Initiative
  • Reynaldo Morales, UW-Madison Ph.D. candidate
  • Maria Andrade, International Potato Center

5 p.m. Reception at the Concourse Hotel

Saturday, March 17

8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m. International Law & Rights of Nature

  • Anna Gade, UW-Madison
  • Sumudu Atapattu, UW Law School
  • Mari Margil, Community Environmental Defense Fund
  • David Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Anthony Zelle, Zelle McDonough & Cohen

10:15 a.m. Food Sovereignty & Natural Resources

  • Dan Cornelius, UW Law School
  • Jacklyn Velazquez, Midwest Environmental Alliance
  • Maria Andrade, International Potato Center
  • Reynaldo Morales, UW-Madison Ph.D. candidate

 Noon. Indigenous Foods Lunch. Speaker: Paul Robbins

1 p.m. Indigeneity and Natural Resources

  • Ian Baird, UW-Madison
  • Philomena Kebec , GLIFWC
  • Bill Gartner, UW Geography Department
  • Thomas DuBois, UW Anthropology Department

2:40 p.m. Rights of Nature Discussion

  • David Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Richard Monette, UW Law School
  • Mari Margil, Open Source Seed Initiative
  • Maria Andrade, International Potato Center

Submitted by Law School News on March 16, 2018

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