CALS EDC lunch and learn: “Indigenous History is Your History: Reconciling with Federal Indian Law & Policy” – April 19

“Indigenous History is Your History: Reconciling with Federal Indian Law & Policy”
Presentation by Samantha Skenadore
April 19, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Virtual presentation via Zoom:

In this session, we will take a stark look at the backbone of federal Indian law and policy, its shifting nature and ripple effects, both on tribal governance and local/state laws, right down to those institutions that shaped your knowledge of indigenous peoples of America.  We will then discuss popular stereotypes facing Indian country and dismantle the colonial forces that built them.  Attendees will experience cultural awareness in a raw, direct and factual fashion while finding reconciliation in their paths forward as members of the TeeJop community.

Samantha Skenandore (Ho-Chunk/Oneida) is an attorney in the Indian Law & Policy Practice Group in Quarles & Brady’s Madison, WI office. Samantha’s practice includes both federal Indian law and tribal law; advising tribal and corporate clients in tribal governance, governmental affairs, corporate transactions, real estate, labor issues, and litigation. She has an extensive multijurisdictional experience that includes representation of corporate entities, both tribal and nontribal, in matters involving economic development, mergers & acquisitions, financing, minority or women-owned certification, labor relations, complex commercial real estate matters, and government relations. Samantha’s experience also extends to representing clients before members of Congress, congressional committees and agencies through federal lobbying services.

In 2019, Samantha served an elected term as Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court. She has been admitted to practice before 8 tribal jurisdictions and in the states of Wisconsin and Arizona. Samantha received her B.A. in Behavioral Sciences & Law with a certificate in American Indian Studies in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her J.D. from the University of Denver in 2005.

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