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UA hosts Native American Law Students event

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host the 2015 National Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) moot court competition, to be held March 6-7, in Tucson, Arizona. The annual event features law students representing 70 law schools from across the country. More than 120 lawyers and academic experts in American Indian Law, along with sitting judges from tribal, state, and federal courts throughout the Southwest, have volunteered to judge the two-day competition. The event is being organized by the College of Law’s NALSA chapter students and The University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program.

Every year, NALSA chapters from law schools around the country submit bidding packages, with the chapter receiving the most NALSA member votes winning the opportunity to host the annual event. Students in Arizona’s NALSA chapter produced their own YouTube video that helped secure their successful bid to host this year’s competition. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd-LO1E0838)

“We are excited to not only participate but also have the opportunity to host this year’s event,” said Chase Velasquez, a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and NALSA’s President this year at the College of Law. “With a record number of teams attending from law schools across the nation, we hope to make this the best competition yet.”

Moot court competitions are an important part of the law school educational experience, providing students with the opportunity to prepare legal briefs and engage in appellate advocacy in simulated oral arguments in front of a panel of judges. This year’s National NALSA moot court competition will focus on an issue that has received extensive press coverage in the international art world—control and provenance of American Indian sacred ceremonial objects. Students will be arguing over the right of an American Indian tribe to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians trafficking in ceremonial artwork regarded as being among the most sacred pieces of cultural property belonging to the tribe.

The competition is open to the public. For more information about the moot court event or topic visit, http://www.law.arizona.edu/iplp/moot_court/.

AIGA's Spicer Was Featured Speaker in London

Valerie Spicer, Executive Director Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA), was a featured panelist at ICE Totally Gaming seminar, “Opportunities in Indian Country” on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in London, UK.  The seminar is co-produced by ICE Totally Gaming and Victor Rocha of PECHANGA.net in cooperation with Clarion Gaming’s Ewa Bakun.  Spicer is featured on the panel “Tribal Perspectives on internet gaming and overview of the tribal iGaming ventures.”

“I’m very fortunate that Valerie is able to join me at the ICE Totally Gaming conference in London as a panelist for the Opportunities in Indian Country:  Tribal Gaming Seminars,” said Victor Rocha.  “Val brings an extraordinary background in tribal gaming having worked in both the public and private sectors.  She not only has the respect of our industry, she was recently recognized as a Great Woman of Gaming, Proven Leader by Casino Enterprise Management.  I couldn’t ask for a better person to represent Indian Country in Europe.”

ICE Totally Gaming is the biggest gaming exhibition in the world. ICE 8 Conferences provide in-depth opportunities to learn through case studies, interactive discussions and focused networking about the most exciting areas in gaming. The seminars on Opportunities in Indian Country are free to participants at ICE Totally Gaming and designed to educate the European gaming industry about tribal gaming, the opportunities and impacts.

“The European market has conducted internet gaming for many years.  This program is a timely opportunity for us to engage with this market.  We anticipate an excellent exchange of information,” said Valerie Spicer, Executive Director AIGA. “Tribes will get qualified information on internet and social gaming and the potential business opportunities that can result, more importantly we can tell our story to the European market.  Personally I’m looking forward to explaining the difference between commercial and tribal gaming and how the economic impact from tribal gaming ripples through our communities and also positively affects our neighboring communities.”

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has a membership of 17 tribes representing more than 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. AIGA was established November 21, 1994 by Arizona tribal leaders.  The Association is committed to advancing the lives of Indian peoples – economically, socially and politically – so that Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance.  Current membership includes:  Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave, Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai  Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe,  Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation,  White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Zuni Tribe.

For more information about ICE, visit http://www.icetotallygaming.com/opportunities-indian-country or ICE Totally Gaming: http://www.icetotallygaming.com/.

White Mountains, eastern Arizona, Photo: neepster, Flickr

White Mountains

There is never a shortage of activities in the White Mountains, which include the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake, Taylor, Springerville, Eagar, St. Johns, and Heber-Overgaard.

Home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the area offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. There is the quiet, cool beauty of the mountain air, the rich cultures of each community, and even the excitement of hitting the jackpot at the casino.

Take a trip to the White Mountains and experience a real winter. Ski, tube or sled down snow-covered hills and then get warm by a fire at Sunrise Park Resort. In winter, its three mountains offer 65 runs that promise adventure for skiers of any level. There is also a separate snowboarding area, cross country ski trails and a special children’s “ski-wee” area.

The White Mountains are rich in the history and heritage of the ancient Native American and pioneer families that inhabited the region.

The Casa Malpais Ruins overlook the town of Springerville. The 17-acre ruins were occupied in the 13th century, and have been carefully preserved. Rattlesnake Point Ruin and Petroglyph Trail Lymon Lake State Park is located just minutes from St. Johns and Springerville.

In St. Johns, the Apache County Historical Museum preserves the artifacts of the early pioneers that settled in the region. The museum features interpretive displays and original pieces that help to capture the lifestyle of the original families that came to carve a lifestyle here in the 1800s.

Established in 1870 as a military outpost, Fort Apache is a historic park listed on the Registrar of National Historic Places. It served as the staging area for soldiers in pursuit of famous Apache bands led by Geronimo and Cochise.

Show Low Historical Museum legend has it that two of the earliest settlers played cards over ownership of the ranch where the town stands today. Corydon Cooley’s response to his partner Marion Clark’s challenge to “show low and you win,” was to draw the deuce of clubs from the deck, thus winning ownership of the ranch, and, as many believe, giving the town its name.

Pinetop-Lakeside, two communities incorporated as one town in 1984, is known for its extensive tourism and recreational activities and proximity to the world’s largest stand of Ponderosa pine.

In Snowflake/Taylor, the Historic Pioneer Homes Tour is a major attraction in the area. More than 50 of the 102 homes in the Historic District have been carefully restored, many to their original condition, making it one of the finest in the Southwest.

The Stinson Pioneer Museum features tools, quilts and other pioneer items, as well as Native American pottery and relics from local archeological digs. The museum is located in an adobe building built by James Stinson, which became William J. Flake’s residence.

The Taylor Museum features heritage items from the community’s past. Revolving displays highlight early pioneer families. The building it is located in what was originally Jane Hatch’s Camp for the Daughters of the Pioneers.

The Shumway School House is the lone one-room brick school house still standing in Arizona.


Come back in July; we’ll have more “Places to See” then!