MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host a Native American Law Day Forum beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Explorer Rooms of the University Center at NMU.

            Registration for the forum is from 8:30-9 a.m. and there will be introductions from 9-9:15 a.m. Gregory J. Stevens, an attorney, will be presenting “An Overview of Michigan Indian Legal Services” from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Another presentation, “Tribal Law and Governance in Michigan,” will be given from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

            A luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Melody McCoy, a staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) since 1986. McCoy works primarily in the areas of tribal jurisdiction, tribal education rights, tribal trust funds and tribal intellectual property rights. She was the co-chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference from 1990-1992 and a member of NARF’s Litigation Management Committee from 1992-1995.

            A final presentation will be given by students in the NAS 287 course (the legal and political history of Michigan Indian education). It will be a mock hearing titled “Who is Responsible for Michigan Indian Education?” and will be held from 1-2 p.m.

            Those wishing to attend the luncheon must RSVP by calling 906-227-1398 or by emailing Martin Reinhardt at There is no charge for attending the forum.

            The forum is co-sponsored by the King Chavez Parks Initiative, the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee, the Center for Native American Studies, the political science department, the Native American Student Association and the Student Law Forum.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman