The University of Washington School of Law presents, Courts, Claims and Culture, a public discussion of topics surrounding indigenous title to marine resources. This program takes place at the University of Washington campus, room 138 in William H. Gates Hall.
Presenters include:Djambawa Marawili AM is a ceremonial and community leader from the Djalkiripuyngu (Blue Mud Bay) area of north east Arnhem Land, the homelands of the Yolngu people. In 2005 he was one of the principal witnesses in the landmark Blue Mud Bay native title case. He is a distinguished artist and Chair of ANKAAA (Association of Northern, Kimberley, and Arnhem Land Artists).
Frances Morphy is an anthropologist and linguist who has worked with Yolngu people since the 1970s. She is a Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University and she prepared the linguistic report for the Blue Mud Bay case.
Will Stubbs is a former Aboriginal legal aid lawyer specializing in criminal law and long-term coordinator at the Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala. Together with Yolngu leaders and artists he was instrumental in creating the Saltwater Collection, a major collection of bark paintings and a book documenting Yolngu sea country.
Natalie Landreth is a senior staff attorney in the Alaska office of the Native American Rights Fund. For more than 41 years the Native American Rights Fund has protected the legal and sovereign rights of tribes and Native people within the American legal system. Natalie will discuss the litigation in which the Native village of Eyak claims aboriginal title to portions of the outer continental shelf in southeast Alaska.
Ron Whitener is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the University of Washington School of Law's Native American Law Center. He is also the Director of the School of Law’s Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic.
Gregory Hicks is a Professor of Law at the University of Washington and has as a particular research focus on the interaction of law and culture in providing just and sustainable access to water. He is a collaborator in the Justicia Hidrica project of the Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas, Cusco, Peru, focused on water rights of traditional farming communities in the Andes and works also with acequia communities in the American Southwest.
Sponsored by University of Washington School of Law, Seattle Art Museum, and Jere L. Bacharach Professorship in International Studies.