Ferguson-Bohnee quoted in Indian Country Today, AlJazeera America

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, faculty director of the Indian Legal Program, was quoted in a Jan. 23 article in Indian Country Today regarding the federal recognition process for Indian tribes.

The article titled “Federal Recognition Process: A Culture of Neglect” discusses the process tribes must go through in order to be federally recognized by the government.

Ferguson-Bohnee, a Pointe-au-Chien tribal member and director of the College of Law’s Indian Legal Clinic, shared her personal experience of working to get recognition for the Pointe-au-Chien.

The tribe was impacted by its unrecognized status after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, when it notified the Coast Guard that it’s sacred sites were in danger from the oil and needed protection.

“At one point in the process, the federal government said, ‘We cannot consult with you because you’re not a federally recognized tribe,” Ferguson-Bohnee said.

To read the full article, click here.

Ferguson-Bohnee was also quoted in a Jan. 17 article in AlJazeera America.

The article titled “Tribal Nations are Tired of Waiting for Uncle Same to Recognize Them,” highlighted the Federal Recognition Conference held at Arizona State University.

Ferguson-Bohnee again shared her personal experience with the paper.

To read the full article, click 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 U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition.

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