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Federal Indian law attorney to speak as part of UNCP’s Native American Speakers Series

October 10, 2017

Heather McMillan Nakai, a Federal Indian Law attorney, will speak at UNC Pembroke as part of the 2017-2018 Native American Speakers Series.

Nakai will speak at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at 6 p.m. on October 25.

Her lecture is entitled ‘Taking the fight to court: How federal Indian law opened a new door to fight full Lumbee recognition.’

The event is free and open to the public.

Nakai, an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe, is a native of the Allenton Community in Lumberton. She received a bachelor’s degree in History and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and a juris doctorate degree in Indian Law and Corporate Law from UCLA School of Law. 

She is a staff attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission where she serves as the counsel for the Oklahoma City Region. 

In her personal capacity, Nakai is engaged in litigation against the United States seeking enforcement of individual Indian rights to correct unjust treatment of Lumbee people. 

During her talk she will describe her case, its current results, and the future outcomes she expects to see as Lumbee people continue their pursuit of full federal recognition. 

For more information, visit uncp.edu/ais, email ais@uncp.edu, or call 910.521.6266.