Tribal Sovereignty Speaker Series

Tribal sovereignty is an important facet of understanding the unique political status of tribal nations and their citizens. The series is designed to feature tribal leaders and legal experts in Tribal Sovereignty to examine the multi-layered aspects of tribal sovereignty in practice. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how tribal sovereignty impacts the experience of tribal citizens and research within the KU community.

November 8 - Joseph “Zeke" Rupnick

Chairman Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Mayetta, KS) will discuss tribal sovereignty from a governance perspective with his presentation “Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Governance – Indian Self-Rule." Rupnick has led the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in the role of Tribal Council Chairman as part of the elected seven-member governing body of the Nation since 2022 and will continue through 2026. 

The University Of Kansas Office Of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, And Belonging. Native American Heritage Month. Tribal Sovereignty Speaker Series. Tribal Sovereignty Is An Important Facet Of Understanding The Unique Political Status Of Tribal Nations And Their Citizens. This Series Will Feature Tribal Leaders And Legal Experts In Tribal Sovereignty To Examine The Multi-Layered Engagement With Tribal Sovereignty. Participants Will Gain A Greater Understanding Of How Tribal Sovereignty Impacts Th

November 17 - Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Elizabeth Kronk Warner, former law professor and associate dean for academic affairs at KU Law, will return to KU on Nov.17 as the Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She will present “Modern Expressions of Tribal Sovereignty,” discussing examples of expressions of tribal sovereignty today – such as the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action and how tribes are using their inherent sovereignty in innovative ways.

Photo of Elizabeth Kronk Warner with details of her talk on Friday November 17, 2023 @ 10am in Kansas Union Alderson Auditorium.