University hosts eighth annual Haudenosaunee Conference Nov. 18-19
The eighth annual Haudenosaunee Conference will bring together scholars and legal experts Nov. 18-19 in the Goldstein Student Center on Syracuse University’s South Campus to examine the legal dilemma now faced by Indian nations—what options are now available to Indian nations to reclaim their Indigenous territories illegally taken by states and federal governments. “Land, Laches and Legal Battles: Reclaiming our Indigenous Territories” will feature Oren Lyons ’58, H’93 as one of its speakers.
“The federal courts are working very hard to close the door on Indian land claims without even considering the damage done by New York state’s illegal taking of our lands. And there is no question that it was illegal, the courts never reversed their acknowledgement that New York violated federal law. This conference is an opportunity for us to analyze our options or next steps to seek justice for the taking of our land,” says Carrie E. Garrow, executive director for the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship at Syracuse University College of Law.
Speakers will address the tenuous foundation of the doctrine of discovery that underlies these cases; how “new laches” is a new legal doctrine that only applies to Indian land claims; and possible avenues to overcome the Sherrill line of cases and find justice for Indian land claims.