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MARCH 2011 Strong Hearted Women Come Together at TJSL

Thomas Jefferson School Of Law, San Diego, CA Hosts Native Women. Shirley Murphy wraps up the event with the Closing Honoring song.

by Rose Davis

“We live in remarkable times,” “The number of Native American law practition- ers is exploding. Women have played an integral role in advancing the law, but their stories are not often told.” This opening statement by Stacy Leeds the featured speaker at the 2011 conference at TJSL on Friday 18th. kicked off the confer- ence “Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law. This year’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg lecturer Stacy Leeds, interim Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center at the University of Kansas School of Law addressed “Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation: Reflections on Native

In this issue...

1 Thomas Jefferson Law School Women's Conference

Longest Walk 3

2 Phil Wilkes Fixico's Journey Continues

3 Statement from NAIHC Chairwoman Cheryl Causley

11th All Business Women’s Celebration of Women’s History Month

4 NAACP Awards Peace and Dignity Journeys

5 Seniors Resource Center Donation 6 Red, Black and Proud 7 SanDag New Board Director

FFCHS Launches National Billboard Campaign SDSU Pow Wow

8 Longest Walk 3 Photos

9 Thomas Jefferson Women's Conference Photos

10 Former ViejasTribe Chairman joins the Blue Stone Strategy Group Team

Save Gregory Canyon Barona Supports Soaring Eagles

11 Caesar Bowlegs Freedman Writing Cherokee: ON iPad / iPhone

12 Mohegan Sun Coaches Convention 13 NAACP Discounted Theater Tickets 14 Nevada News - Taxes on Junk Food? 15 Reid All About It Breast Milk Information

16 Indian Trust Settlement TANF


American Women and the Law,” told of how Lyda Conley, one of the pioneering Native American attorneys Conley, who was a member of the Wyandot tribe, refused to give up the land on which her ancestors are buried in Kansas after the federal government sold it to developers. Conley and her sister built shacks on

the property, put up “No Trespassing” signs,” and held off everyone with shot- guns, according to Leeds. Even after Conley was incarcerated several times, filed a lawsuit, had her claim denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, she refused to give up the land. “She ultimately pro- tected the land, even though she lost in court,” said Leeds, who added that it eventually led to the passage of the Native American Protection Act. “And Lyda was not a solitary figure – it was the sisters,” said Leeds. Remarkable stories were the theme of the day as this distinguished group of American Indian lawyers and judges shared their stories on panels that

Longest Walk 3

The quest for cultural awareness and education though direct action continues.

by Jaclyn Bissonette On February 14th, 2011 we stood at

the shores of the Pacific, the sun shone brightly above, not a cloud in the sky. We gathered in a circle to give thanks for the day, for the people who made this walk possible and for the Long Walk ahead. This was a prayer given for the Longest Walk 3, and we had just finished the first 7 miles of the trek. The morning began at La Jolla Shores, and here we gathered on the shores at Torrey Pines State Park. The eagle staff was there, and flags repre- senting various tribes and organizations in Indian Country. Numerous walkers joined together with Dennis Banks for this monumental walk. The Longest Walk 3 started in La Jolla

California and will conclude in Washington D.C. on July 8, 2011. The purpose of the walk is to bring awareness to the diabetes epidemic that plagues

Thomas Jefferson School of Law conference attendees.

included Intersectionality and Civil Rights, Gender-Related Violence and Indian Country Law Enforcement, Indian Country Economic Development and Developing Tribal Governments and Courts. The heroic effort to retain their land and the struggle of the Dann sisters in Nevada was also highlighted.

Former TJSL dean Mary Lynn Perry pointed out “Everyone who is important to Native American Law is here” The issue of tribal membership was


“The issue of identity is very compli- cated,” said Linda Rose Locklear, a pro-

SEE Women Come Together, page 3

Jaclyn Bissonette conducts a heart to heart interview with Dennis Banks prior to walk.

Indian Country. Dennis Banks, writer, activist and co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) is the facilitator of this historic journey. “This is our third walk, the first one was in the 70s and that was to bring awareness to how the U.S. government was abusing Indian rights and ignoring our treaties. The sec- ond walk was in 2008 for healing of the boarding schools and this walk, the third walk is to bring understanding to the widespread diabetes pandemic that has been rampant in Native communities,”

said Banks, on this day we are at the kickoff event on the Barona reservation. The kick off to the walk started on the morning of the 13th with a sunrise sweat, throughout the day the festivi- ties carried on into the night. Bird singing, dancing, drumming, and speeches, were given to celebrate the beginning of this historical event.

“I never suffered from diabetes and thought I beat the disease, until I hit my 70s. The doctor gave me the news that I was diabetic and this sparked something in me. Many, many of us suffer from this disease in our communities and I want to tell them that we don’t have to suffer any more,” said Banks.

“A long time ago the U.S. government rationed out food that we were forced to eat, sugar and flour. We weren’t allowed to hunt or gather our traditional foods;

SEE Longest Walk, page 2

Photo courtesy TJSL Communications Dept.

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