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Tadd M. Johnson is the director of the American Indian Studies Department at University of Minnesota Duluth. He is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bois Forte Band.
A 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Professor Johnson is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, federal court and tribal court. In his career, he has served as a tribal administrator, a tribal attorney, a tribal court judge and has taught numerous courses on Federal Indian Law and American Indian History.
From 1990-1995, he served as counsel and staff director to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in the Office of Indian Affairs and the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. During the Clinton Administration, Professor Johnson was appointed by the President to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Chairwoman Erma Vizenor In 1997 the White Earth Nation, the largest tribe in Minnesota, began constitutional reform, the complicated and delicate process to true self governance. Chairwoman Erma Vizenor will give an overview of the history of operating under a federally imposed constitution that led to a crisis and paralysis at White Earth and its need to change the system of governance. The politics of reform, strategies, and challenges to constitutional change will be presented.