Tribal Law Journal 20th Anniversary Symposium Keynote Address. I am working to weave our Native voice into a system that is not traditionally our own to make sure these legal fictions do not persist into another detrimental federal policy era. This symposium is highly valuable because it shows our community how important it is to incorporate indigenous traditional values into our legal system—but this is also important to highlight in our political systems and my effort to encourage more Native Americans to run for office and will continue. Native American people need to redefine all aspects of our governance systems to have leadership representative of our entire communities, instead of practicing a European tradition of patriarchal governments that refuses to allow women a seat at the table.



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