Black Hills State University is partnering with the Mount Rushmore Institute and the University of South Dakota School of Law on a one-day forum focusing on Tribal Courts to be held Friday, April 17 at Mount Rushmore.

The forum is titled “Tribal Courts: Accomplishments, Issues and Challenges” and is being produced in conjunction with the 26th Annual BHSU Indian Awareness Week and the Lakota Ominiciye Wacipi (Powwow). Leading up to this event are several American Indian Awareness week activities on the BHSU campus.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. John Glover, interim director of the Center of American Indian Studies at BHSU and Associate Dean for American Indian Law Programs at The University of South Dakota School of Law.

Invited Mount Rushmore Institute panel speakers include: Frank Pommersheim, Professor of Law at University of South Dakota School of Law and Chief Justice for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeas; Joe Lux, attorney with Costello, Porter, Hill, Heisterkamp, Bushnell & Carpenter, LLP; B.J. Jones, Director, Tribal Judicial Institute, University of South Dakota and Chief Justice of the Turtle Mountain Tribal Court of Appeals; Sherman Marshall, Chief Judge of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; and Judge Patrick Lee, Oglala Sioux Tribe.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. For additional information contact the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies at 642-6578 or email JohnGlover@BHSU.edu.