Announcing Water at Risk: Tribal Leaders' Perspective on August 17


August 7, 2017

Water at Risk: Tribal Leaders’ Perspective

What:  Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin Chairman Gary Besaw will be in Chicago on August 17 to discuss the issues facing Native communities, including tribal sovereignty and environmental issues – specifically water rights – which both affect Illinois. 

They will address today's challenges surrounding water rights on sovereign tribal lands from a legal, economic and environmental perspective with local business leaders and community groups.

The discussion will be moderated by Doug Kiel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University and a citizen of the Oneida Nation.

Featured in the discussion will be the current legal and environmental struggles of the Menominee Tribe with the Back 40 Mine Project in Michigan and the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy concerning the Standing Rock Sioux. The Dakota Access Pipeline began commercial service in June, transporting crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to a storage and terminalling hub outside Pakota, Illinois. The dialogue will provide a rare insight into these national and global issues from a Native viewpoint, and address how the issues impact our region and our planet.

When/Where:  Lincoln Hall at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

375. E. Chicago Ave, Chicago

7:30 – 8:00 AM Arrival and Networking

8:00 – 9:30 AM Program and Questions

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Fee:  The event is open to the public. Registration fee is $15 each. Proceeds benefit the American Indian Center of Chicago.

Students and Seniors 65 & up may attend FREE of charge by emailing the American Indian Center of Chicago at

The event is hosted by: Leadership Greater Chicago, American Indian Center of Chicago, Metropolitan Tenants Organization, and Northwestern University.

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