D4: American Indian Law: Access and Collections

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 615-617

American Indian Law materials can be difficult to locate and use. Significant barriers to access remain, even as more online resources become available. What exactly are tribal materials, and why are they often so difficult to find? How does one develop a stronger tribal law collection, and is the new LC classification schedule the best way to organize it? Recent developments are changing the landscape of research and collections for tribal material. The panel will discuss what the barriers of access are, how they arise, and how law librarians can work around them.

Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to explain the effect of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to identify two key factors in developing stronger tribal law collections.

Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to assess the costs and benefits of implementing the new LC Classification Schedule KIA-KIX.

Who should attend: Law librarians who are responsible for using or managing American Indian Law materials in print or online

Track(s): Reference, Research and Client Services, Collection Development and Cataloging

Catherine Kellett (Coordinator & Moderator)
Robert Anderson (Speaker)
Eugenia Charles-Newton (Speaker)

Eugenia Charles-Newton is the newest law librarian to join Texas Tech School of Law Library.  She brings with her experiences stemming beyond the law library setting.  Eugenia has had much involvement working with American Indian policy and legislation.  In 2004, she had the opportunity to work in the Arizona Department of Gaming where she served as a Tribal Liaison working with 21 federally recognized tribes who just negotiated the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts; a necessary provision under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.  Then in 2009, she interned for Senator Tom Udall (NM) in Washington, D.C. where she worked extensively with the Senator and his staff on S. 797, the Tribal Law and Order Act, which was signed into law in July of 2010.  Prior to arriving to Lubbock, Eugenia worked briefly as a Consultant for various Navajo Nation business entities, focusing primarily on issues that affected the Tribes agricultural and water industries.  Eugenia is an enrolled member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation and was born and raised on the Navajo reservation.

Eugenia graduated from Arizona State University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science.  She became the first Native American woman to receive the College of Liberal Arts & Science Award and was selected to be the University Convocation Speaker in 2005.  She went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Kansas, School of Law in 2008 where she also earned a Certificate in Tribal Law and Policy.  Immediately after graduating from law school, Eugenia began her Master’s degree program in Information Resources and Library Science and graduated in 2009.

Eugenia found her passion for law librarianship in her 2L year when she applied to be a student reference assistant at KU’s Wheat Law Library.  She was enthralled with the vast knowledge that law librarians held and the skills they mastered maneuvering through complex databases.  In her 3L year, she applied to the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science and became a Cohort member of the Knowledge River program; a unique library program that focuses on Latino and Native American communities.

Eugenia is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Southwest Association of Law Libraries (SWALL), Research Instructional and Patron Services (RIPS-SIS) , and the Academic Law Library (ALL-SIS) committee.  Her past involvements in other organizations involved being a student member of the Arizona Tri-Universities for Indian Education and a member of the Native American Law Students Association.

David Selden (Speaker)

David Selden has been the Library Director at the National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund since 1998. The focus of his work includes developing and making accessible tribal code and consitition collections, providing current awareness services through the Indian Law Bulletins and providing customized Indian law research assistance to the public and NARF.



Sherri Nicole Thomas (Speaker)
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