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Robert Miller on the “The Doctrine of Discovery”

October 12, 2020 @ 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Professor Robert J. Miller, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and professor of Law at Arizona State University , will speak on the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a concept used by European monarchies in order to legitimize the colonization of lands outside of Europe.  This doctrine established a spiritual, political, and legal justification for seizure of land occupied by Indigenous People including North America. In addition to teaching law, Miller serves as interim Chief Justice for the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court of Appeals and Appellate Judge for the Courts of Appeals of the Shawnee Tribe, the Grand Ronde Tribe, and Northwest Inter-Tribal Court System. This talk is hosted by the Office of Tribal Relations and Native American Programs as part of the third annual celebration of Indigenous People’s Day.

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Meeting ID: 987 6803 1350


October 12, 2020
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm




WSU Office of Tribal Relations and Native American Programs