Ferguson-Bohnee presents at NCAI mid-year conference

Thursday, June 28, 2012

 
 Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee recently presented at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) mid-year conference in Lincoln, Neb.

Ferguson-Bohnee, Faculty Director of the College of Law’s Indian Legal Program and Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, was on a panel, “Native Vote: Making Our Voice Heard,” at the conference, which was held June 17-20.

“The Native Vote campaign is committed to the largest Native turnout ever during the 2012 election,” the panel description states. “NCAI has formed partnerships with a number of national partners to provide tribes with access to tools that can help identify Native voters that need to register and conduct effective outreach to get out the Native Vote. Join Native Vote partners as we share the tools and hear how one tribe - the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians – utilized these tools to reach out to their citizens to encourage them to vote. The session’s second panel will address voter protection issues, another key focus of the 2012 Native Vote campaign, with a focus on the national voter’s rights laws and how local community’s can coordinate to protect the Native Vote in this upcoming election.”

Ferguson-Bohnee was joined by panelists Sarabeth Donovan, Deputy Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, and Sonia Gill, Associate Counsel, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The panel was moderated by Peter Morris, NCAI Director of Strategy & Partnerships.

Read more about the conference here.

Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition. Ferguson-Bohnee has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies and proposed revisions to the Real Estate Disclosure Reports to include tribal provisions. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights’ issues.

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