Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Rights of Indians and Tribes

Author Stephen Pevar will lead a discussion about the recently released third edition of his book, The Rights of Indians and Tribes at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. He will discuss the book and its impact on the Native American community at large, and specifically here in Connecticut.
The Rights of Indians and Tribes, first published in 1983, has sold over 100,000 copies and is the most popular resource in the field of Federal Indian Law. The book, which explains this complex subject in a clear and easy-to-understand way, is particularly useful for tribal advocates, government officials, students, practitioners of Indian law, and the general public. Numerous tribal leaders highly recommend this book. Incorporating a user-friendly question-and-answer format, The Rights of Indians and Tribes addresses the most significant legal issues facing Indians and Indian tribes today, including tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, the regulation of non-Indians on reservations, Indian treaties, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Pevar is a senior staff counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Pevar worked for Legal Services on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation from 1971-1974, and taught Federal Indian Law at the University of Denver School of Law from 1983-1999. He has litigated numerous Indian rights cases and has lectured extensively on the subject.
The afternoon will include a question and answer period, and a book signing. It is free to the public.
The historic house and exhibit spaces at The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society are open 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit online or call 860-521-5362.


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