Thursday, November 7, 2013

LL.M. Candidates Attend and Present at National Congress of American Indians Convention

We are always excited to see our LL.M. candidates involved in local and national food law affairs, especially when they're just a short drive away!  Last month, the 70th Annual National Congress of American Indians Convention took place on October 13-18 in Tulsa.  Two of our LL.M. candidates, Ruth McLain and A-dae Romero, had the opportunity to attend two days of the convention, and A-dae was featured as a speaker on a food law panel.  They had very positive experiences to report back.

The convention is held every year to discuss issues and vote on policy matters affecting American Indians.  There were many meetings and panels at the convention and attendees traveled from every part of the country to attend.

A-dae was featured as a speaker on a panel titled "The Future of Native Foods: Sovereignty, Safety, and Sustainability."  The panel focused on food sovereignty and sustainability, including discussions about food system control, preparing for the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, and the implications of the status of the Farm Bill for American Indians.  A-dae spoke specifically about the economics of food in Tribal communities.

Ruth and A-dae are also taking Dean Stacy Leeds' American Indian Law class this semester and will continue to be involved in the American Indian community.

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