Connecting Tribal Culture and Courts, Healthy Families & Tribal Historical Preservation Law Conference 2020 (Polson, MT) – Feb. 27-28

February 27 & 28, 2020
Red Lion Ridgewater Inn & Suites
Polson, Montana



Connecting Culture in the Courtroom: a Judicial Perspective of the Court and Culture Regarding the Law and the Courtroom – Presented by: Hon. Stacie Smith Chief Justice of the Fort Peck Tribes’ Court; Hon. Brenda Desmond, Veteran’s Court Magistrate; Hon. James Manley, Montana District Court Judge; and Hon. Brad Pluff, CSKT Trial Judge.  This Panel will also present Ethical Issues to consider inside the Courtroom.

Ann Miller, Chief Defender, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes – Holistic Defense and Reentry Program.

Native American Social Workers: Leon Old Elk-Stewart, Luann Kicking Woman, and Donovan Archambault, Jr. – Perspectives about Social Work, Culture, Family Preservation, and the Courtroom.

Tribal and State Efforts regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: 2019 marked a year of collaboration with Tribal, State and National Efforts. This panel will discuss the local, grassroots, legislative collaboration, and meaningful 2020 and beyond solutions to MMIW. Panelists will include: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Chairwoman Shelly Fyant, Montana State Deputy Attorney Melissa Schlitcting, and CSKT Policy Analyst Jami Pluff.

Lillian Alvernaz, an attorney for ACLU will present information about the Violence Against Women Act and Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction, as well as present on Ethical Considerations for representing a Non-Profit.

Native American Archeologists and Salish and Kootenai College Instructors: Dean Nicolai and Aaron Brien will lead a Panel discussion about contemporary issues and cases which includes  Expert Witness Testimony

Thursday and Friday February 27-28, 2020 Polson, Montana 8:45-4:15 daily