Expert on Indian law to speak at UNCP

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PEMBROKE — An attorney who is an expert on federal law as it relates to American Indians will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke later this month as part of the 2017-2018 Native American Speakers Series.

Heather McMillan Nakai will speak at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Her lecture is titled ‘Taking the fight to court: How federal Indian law opened a new door to fight full Lumbee recognition.’

The event is free and open to the public.

Nakai, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, is a native of the Allenton Community in Lumberton. She received a bachelor’s degree in History and Native American studies from Dartmouth College and a juris doctorate degree in Indian law and corporate law from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

She is a staff attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission, where she serves as the counsel for the Oklahoma City Region.

In her personal capacity, Nakai is engaged in litigation against the United States seeking enforcement of individual Indian rights to correct unjust treatment of Lumbee people.

During her talk she will describe her case, its current results, and the future outcomes she expects to see as Lumbee people continue their pursuit of full federal recognition.

For information, visit, email [email protected], or call 910-521-6266.

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