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The author provides an overview of the 11 federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin and their relationships to and with the federal and state governments and laws.
By Paul William Stenzel
This article focuses on the Menominee Indian Tribe's termination and restoration against the backdrop of federal governmental policy toward all tribes in the United States.
By Kris M. Goodwill
Until 1974, the father's name was not included on birth certificates of children born in Wisconsin to unwed parents. This practice has particularly serious ramifications for Indigenous children.
By Jerri L. Cook
The gaming compacts by which Indian tribes obtained sole and exclusive right to conduct specific gaming enterprises in Wisconsin require tribes to secure liability insurance and a carrier endorsement that limit the carrier from asserting a sovereign immunity defense.
By Daniel Joseph Finerty
The earth's changing climate has significant ramifications for Indian tribes' subsistence needs, public health, economic stability, sovereignty, and traditional ways of life. Learn how tribes are addressing environmental harms.
By Anya Teresa Janssen & Robert Lundberg
Amicus practice is particularly common in federal Indian law cases. Here are examples that demonstrate some of the more nuanced elements of strategic amicus practice.
By Daniel D. Lewerenz

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Reflections
  • Ada Deer: Champion of Social Justice
  • Martina Gast explains that Ada Deer (1935-2023) allowed nothing to get in the way of her pursuit of social and economic justice for tribal members, in Wisconsin and nationwide.
  • On Balance
  • Keeping Lawyers Alive
  • Everyone can help keep people alive by learning more about the problem, showing kindness, and reaching out to one another. Amber Ault explains.
  • Ethical Dilemma
  • Minimizing Imputed Prospective-Client Conflicts
  • Sarah Peterson says a new ABA Formal Opinion offers a framework for categorizing information gathered to determine whether to accept a representation and strategies for preventing imputed prospective client conflicts.
  • Women History Makers
  • Judge Jo Deen Lowe – A Long Line of Strong Women
  • Jo Deen Lowe, chief judge of the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court, was first in her family to graduate from law school. She shares in the legacy of colleagues in Indian law while working to leave a better justice system for those to come.
  • Final Thought
  • Lavinia Goodell's Eternal Legacy
  • Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler says Lavinia Goodell's spirit and persistence paved the way for Wisconsin women to enter the legal profession to become lawyers, judges, and supreme court justices.

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