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Lance Morgan on the Decline of Federal Indian Law

Lance Morgan on the decline of federal Indian law:

“What we’re not teaching in law school is the other half of the system, where tribes are aggressively using their newly educated lawyers, their economic power, and their desire to do good to really change the equation.”

“Once you make the mental leap that the entire system is ridiculous…you don’t ever go back.”

Lance Morgan and the Rise of Tribal Law and the Decline of Federal Indian Law

Lance Morgan (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) is President & CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc. He is also the managing partner of the law firm Frederick Peebles and Morgan. And if you know Lance, or have read his previous work, you know that he is always good for a big idea, or an idea that pushes boundaries, in Indian Country. Lance returned to the show to discuss one of those ideas: the Rise of Tribal Law and the Decline of Federal Indian Law and he recently published an article by the same name in the Arizona State University Law Journal.

Lance Morgan

Lance Morgan, courtesy of Ho-Chunk Inc.

Many NextGen Natives are practicers of, or generally interested in, federal Indian law. Lance’s article is great because it forces readers to ask themselves the question how can tribal law be on the rise and federal Indian law be on the decline? The basic point is that tribal law is an exercise of tribal sovereignty whereas federal Indian law is the enforcement of restrictions imposed upon tribes over the last few centuries. And the decline of federal Indian law may not be a bad thing necessarily, if tribes exercise and use tribal law. You should go read it (after you listen to our discussion, of course). Continue reading

Jackson Brossy | Why Not in Indian Country?

“If it takes an hour to go to the nearest ATM, banking isn’t really on your horizon as a job option”— Jackson Brossy

Jackson Brossy

Jackson Brossy

Jackson Brossy is on a mission. First, his passion to serve his people of the Navajo Nation is strong. Second, his passion for economic development across Indian Country is part of a wave making our communities a stronger place to live.

Jackson is Navajo. He grew up on the nation in Red Mesa, and spent weekends traveling an hour, to the nearest border town for groceries and to access the closest ATM. Jackson is the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office. He attended Stanford University and then the Harvard Kennedy School.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Jackson’s roots in Red Mesa, AZ on the navajo Nation.
  • The role of parents in the college application process.
  • Jackson’s experience at Stanford and Harvard.
  • How a Native student told him not to attend the same school they did and why.
  • The motivation behind Jackson’s interest in economic development (hint: border towns & silicon valley).
  • Jackson’s question of why not in Indian Country?
  • The value of relationships versus “networks” and “networking.”
  • What the role is for economic development in Indian Country.

To hear Jackson’s story, listen to the episode.


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Jackson Brossy’s challenge to NextGen Natives:

(ed note: as part of the show, I try to ask the guests what challenge, or question, or idea they want to share with other NextGen Natives. Here is Jackson’s)

“Let’s start talking more about what we can do to build [our] economies. In particular tech…Lets play some offense instead of just defense.”

These ideas are meant to start conversations that hopefully turn into action. Go to NextGen Native on Facebook and become part of the conversation, or on Twitter #nextgennative.

Kelly Lendsay | Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Kelly Lendsay


Kelly Lendsay is the President & CEO of the Aboriginal Human Resources Council (AHRC). He also leads AHRC’s charity, Kocihta. In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the work of AHRC and Kocihta. The council helps companies identify and expand their business case for hiring Native employees and developing economic development partnering with Native businesses and communities. Kocihta helps develop the workforce capacity of Native people.

Kelly Lendsay, courtesy of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Kelly Lendsay, courtesy of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Kelly’s work goes beyond Canada. We discuss his efforts to build relationships in the U.S., Australia and beyond. He expects Kocihta’s impact to be global in the next five years. The council’s work along with Kocihta’s work is exciting. Can the U.S. adopt a similar model?

We also discuss mentorships. These relationships are so important. This topic warrants its own post. But Kelly offers great advice about surrounding oneself with mentors.

It was awesome to interview Kelly Lendsay. My interview with Ambassador Harper was technically international. He spoke from his post in Geneva Switzerland. But the Ambassador is a U.S. citizen. Kelly Lendsay hails from Canada. I am excited to connect with a brother from the North to share ideas on the podcast.

Overall, this episode continues to confirm why I started the podcast. There are NextGen Natives taking action everywhere. The more we can connect people, share ideas and incite action the better!

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Show Notes:

Kelly Lendsay

Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Report on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People


Oka Crisis

University of Saskatchewan

Kocihta (Cree: To reach out to someone or something)

Native Edge

Emerging Native Leaders Program

Inclusion Works

Corporate Social Responsibility

Kite Boarding

Episode 9 | Coming Home to Indian Country | Bryan Mercier

In this episode of the NextGen Native podcast, I chat with Bryan Mercier. Bryan is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He grew up in Salem, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon. We discuss a number of topics including: living abroad (or how to retire in your 20s); working in Congress; coming home to Indian Country after living away for many years; getting involved in tribal politics (working within); getting involved in other organizations (working outside of tribe) and being a parent while active in many different organizations. Coming home to Indian Country is something that is a central topic to the lives of NextGen Natives. We often leave home when we are young. Although we may not be able to, or economics, love life, or something else in our lives change, most of us imagine coming home at some point. Bryan was able to go further afield then most, and make it back home.

In this episode we discuss what it is like to move away from home, and then to move back home to Indian Country. It is a great conversation for anyone who has moved away and ponders moving back home.

Bryan has undertaken several innovative projects, including perhaps the first political action committee (PAC) that focuses on tribal elections for his own tribe. With growth comes challenges, and we discuss some of those, too.

As part of his coming home to Indian Country, Bryan was a Mark O. Hatfield fellow, as I was, too. That is where I first met Bryan, when my hair was a bit longer, and I was a bit younger.

Bryan has great insight and is devoted to Indian Country, you can hear much of it in this episode.

Show notes:

Links to different organizations, etc. discussed in the podcast are included below.

Senator Gordon Smith

Udall Fellowship

American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program

National Congress of American Indian

United States Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations

Department of Treasury Native American CDFI Fund

Potlatch Fund

Oregon Native American Business Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN)