Richard Monette was twice elected to serve as Chairman and CEO of Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. Richard is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he teaches Federal Indian Law, Conflict of Laws, State Constitutional Law, and Water Quantity Law. For thirty years Richard has served as the Faculty Director of the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center. At the start of his career, Richard served as Staff Attorney for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs under the leadership of Senators Dan Inouye (D-HI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Dan Evans (R-AZ).
Jerilyn DeCoteau is a Justice for the Supreme Courts of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso and Kiowa Tribe and was appellate judge for her tribe, Turtle Mountain Chippewa. She worked for the Native American Rights Fund, U.S. D.O.J. Indian Resources Section, and as Director of the Indian Law Clinic for the University of Colorado Law School. Jerilyn was board president for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. She helped established Indigenous Peoples Day in Boulder, Colorado, and co-founded Right Relationship Boulder, to build relationships with Indigenous peoples. She co-directs a national project, Toward Right Relationship, offering presentations on the impacts of colonization.
Dan Cornelius, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is the Outreach Program Manager for the University of Wisconsin Law School's Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center and the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where he works on the development of producer cooperatives, supply chain analysis, and legal and policy aspects of food and agriculture. Mr. Cornelius is also a farmer and livestock producer with extensive experience providing technical assistance to Native American farmers and ranchers.
Robert Lyttle, an attorney for 34 years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Lewis & Clark Law School. Robert is a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe, and has practiced law with Indian tribes for his entire career. Mr. Lyttle has a national law practice, and has focused his practice on helping tribes improve their governments by amending their constitutions. Mr. Lyttle has assisted many tribes with constitutional reform which generally eliminates the federally-imposed corporate structures and federal authority within a tribe's government. Mr. Lyttle also served as legal counsel in a high-profile lawsuit called: Havasupai Tribe and Tilousi v. ASU, where the Tribe sued the University over fraudulent human subject research, including the improper use of human blood samples, resulting a sizeable, first of its kind, settlement with ASU.
Amanda L. White Eagle is the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center Director and Assistant Teaching Professor at University of Wisconsin Law School. Before joining UW Law School, White Eagle was the NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project Clinical Fellow.
With nearly 20 years of tribal law experience, she has provided advice and counsel to the Ho-Chunk Nation government. She previously served as a judicial officer (an interim chief judge and associate judge), as well as the tribe's Attorney General and Executive Director for the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice. Additionally, she serves as a tribal court judge or justice to tribal governments throughout the United States, including the Wampanoag Judiciary, Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals, Santee Sioux Nation Judiciary and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
She received her J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with liberal arts degrees (a B.A. in Anthropology and French and a Certificate in American Indian Studies).
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