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2024 Little Lectures: Robert Miller, "The Doctrine of Discovery and Colonization in North America"

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 12:00 am

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(FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR LITTLE LECTURES PROGRAM PAGE.) North America, New Zealand, and Australia were colonized by England for centuries under an international legal principle that is known today as the doctrine of discovery. The doctrine is still in use today to assert legal rights to Indigenous lands and to assert control over Indigenous peoples. Legal expert Robert Miller, a member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, will discuss its use during the late days of English dominion in North America and the early days of the United States. Miller is a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, teaching Indian law classes and constitutional law. He is also a justice on the Court of Appeals of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Shawnee Tribe in Oklahoma, and the Northwest Inter-Tribal Court System. His articles, book chapters, and editorials cover a wide array of Indian law issues. Included among his many titles are Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny; and Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies.


June 23
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
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MacFarland-Hubbard House
1310 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25301-3001 United States
(304) 346-8500


Kyle Warmack
(304) 346-8500