Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tribal Courts in Alaska - final presentation for National Criminal Justice Month - draws nearly 100 people

Tribal Courts panelists l to r: Magistrate Judge Christopher McLain, Alaska Court System; Natalie Landreth,
Native American Rights Fund; Lisa Jaeger, Tanana Chiefs Conference; Prof. Kevin Illingworth, UAF Tribal
Management Program; Walter Monegan, Alaska Native Justice Center, moderator.

"Tribal Courts in Alaska: Past, Present, and Future" was the topic of the final presentation in the 2013 National Criminal Justice Month lecture series on Wednesday, March 27.  A distinguished panel of experts discussed the history of tribal courts and the concept of sovereignty, the organization of and training for tribal courts, jurisdictional issues, and how the Alaska Court System has been engaging with villages along the upper Yukon in the sentencing of misdemeanors.

Panelists included: 
  • Walt Monegan, Alaska Native Justice Center CEO/President, Moderator 
  • Kevin Illingworth, Tribal Management Program Head and Assistant Professor, Interior-Aleutians Campus, UAF 
  • Lisa Jaeger, Tribal Government Specialist, Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Natalie Landreth, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Magistrate Judge Christopher McLain, Alaska Court System
Nearly 100 persons attended the event which was videotaped and podcast. The video and a link to the podcast are below.  Materials for the program, including 2 PowerPoint presentations are available on the Justice Center website.

The program was sponsored by the Justice Center, the Justice Club, and the Pre-Law Society.

Media stories:
KTUU Channel 2 News: “UAA Forum Brings Awareness to Tribal Courts,” Blake Essig, March 27, 2013
KNBA 90.3: “Panel Discusses Alaska Tribal Courts,” Joaqlin Estus, March 28, 2013

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Watch the video:

Prof. Kevin Illingworth explains tribal sovereignty.

At podium: Magistrate Judge Christopher McLain discusses his work in villages along the Upper Yukon.

Center: Lisa Jaeger talks about tribal government in the Tanana Chiefs region.

At podium: Walt Monegan, moderator, opens the program.

At podium: Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Center Acting Director, begins the q & a session.