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Mentor: Dr. Sebastian Braun
Expected Graduation Date: May 2013
Honors: 2012 College of Arts & Sciences Dean List at the University of North Dakota.
Recipient of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Higher Education Scholarship Fund.
2013-2014 Graduate Opportunity Fellowship from the University of California Los Angeles.
Presentations: McNair Research Forum, April 2013
Conferences: 21st Annual National Ronald E. McNair Research Conference & Graduate Fair
Sponsored by MAEOPP & The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin.
About me: I am an English major minoring in American Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota. I am a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe an American Indian band belonging to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. A previous foreign exchange student who has studied Spanish in Quito Ecuador and San José Costa Rica through the American Field Service (AFS).
This fall I will be entering the Masters of Art Program in American Indian Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. I look forward to working with my new faculty members: Duane Champagne, Ph.D. of the Sociology Department at the University of California, Los Angeles and Angela Riley, B.A/J.D. of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
McNair has given me the confidence and support that has allowed me to embrace my research interests. This program has aided me in the advancement of my professional and research goals. It has encouraged me to follow her deepest interests in American Indian Studies and federal Indian Law
while providing a realistic model of how to get there. In McNair you really get back as much as you put in it.
I joined the Ronald E McNair Postbacchalaureatte Achievement Program in August of 2012. My research interests include American Indian Gaming American Indian land rights and the contemporary consequences of American Indian Policy on American Indian tribes. My McNair mentor is Sebastian Felix Braun Ph.D. Dr. Sebastian Braun is an anthropologist and Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota. His research focuses on community building and cultural interactions. Particular interests are the intersections of ecological political and economic ideas in sovereignty and sustainability as well as the representation of historical and contemporary realities. Dr. Braun earned a Masters degree from Universitaet Basel Switzerland (Ethnology
History and Philosophy) and an M.A. (Anthropology Folklore) and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Indiana University. His publications deal with issues from buffalo ranching to indigenous nationalism
and from protohistoric trade and warfare to the portrayal of American Indians in francophone comics. He is the author of Buffalo Inc. American Indians and Economic Development (OU Press 2008/13). His most recent book project an edited volume will be published in fall of 2013 also by the University of Oklahoma Press (Transforming Ethnohistories. Narrative Meaning and Community). Dr. Braun teaches courses on culture health sustainable development cultural identity language and politics. He has been a mentor for the McNair program since 2005 and the students' success is what gives him the most pleasure and pride. He hopes he will continue to have the opportunity to contribute a little bit to students' remarkable achievements.
Abstract: A Contemporary Consensus of the Pre-constitutional Hunting and Fishing Rights Existing for off-reservation Urban American Indians in the State of Minnesota
The exercise of contemporary urban Indian fishing rights in the state of Minnesota will be discussed under the scope of federal Indian law. Analysis of the 1971 United States district court case Leech Lake Band v. Herbst will be discussed. Leech Lake Band v. Herbst encompasses the issue of sovereign hunting and fishing rights for American Indians on reservation lands in Minnesota. Jurisdictional questions pertaining to hunting and fishing of non-Indians on Indian land has been blurred in the past
therefore a close reading of White Earth v. Alexander has been incorporated into this presentation to answer how aversions from tribes and states further distort America's understanding of the pre-constitutional nature of American Indian tribes. Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (30 U.S. (5 Pet.) 1 (1831)) clearly sets forth the relationship of American Indian tribes to the United States government. I argue that American Indians tribes to include individual Indians maintain the legal right to hunt and fish in areas traditionally encompassed or used by federally recognized American Indians in the past for these purposes to the extent that these rights have not yet been terminated by act or law of the Federal government and these rights have not been explicitly dissolved by the said federally recognized American Indian tribe or band from which the individual Indian's enrollment status is prescribed thus to. United States v Winans (198 U.S. 371 381 (1905)) made it distinct that hunting and fishing rights are not limited to treaty agreements but that the pre-constitutional right to hunt and fish for American Indians remains valid and in place unless specifically absolved.