Symposium Addresses Significance of Sandoval Decision on Indian Country United States v. Sandoval: One Century Later

United States v. Sandoval: One Century Later

The Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) and the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program of the University of New Mexico School of Law held a fascinating multi-disciplinary symposium titled, "United States v. Sandoval: One Century Later," October 18-20, 2013 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Interwoven with the Sandoval program, SILC Co-Director Barbara Creel led the Second Annual Tribal Indigent Defense Symposium, inviting Tribal public defenders, Indian law and other clinicians, and practitioners to organize and discuss the indigent defense crisis in Indian Country.

The program brought together an array of tribal leaders, federal and tribal judges, practicing lawyers, historians, academics and clinicians to discuss the 1913 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Sandoval, a criminal case regarding alcohol in Indian Country.

The case, which ultimately validated the "Indian" status of the Pueblo people and their homelands, established an immensely important precedent asserting broad federal authority in Indian affairs generally, and included the Justices’ blatant views on what made Pueblo peoples "Indian" in race.

December 5, 2013