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The KU Office of Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging will host a Tribal Sovereignty Speaker Series over the month of November in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.


Elizabeth Kronk Warner, former law professor and associate dean for academic affairs at KU Law, will return to KU on Nov.17th as the Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She will present “Modern Expressions of Tribal Sovereignty,” discussing examples of expressions of tribal sovereignty today – such as the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action and how tribes are using their inherent sovereignty in innovative ways.


Tribal sovereignty is an important facet of understanding the unique political status of tribal nations and their citizens. The series is designed to feature tribal leaders and legal experts in Tribal Sovereignty to examine the multi-layered aspects of tribal sovereignty in practice. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how tribal sovereignty impacts the experience of tribal citizens and research within the KU community.

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