While some westerners clamor for “restoring public lands to the states,” it may be time for more serious consideration of restoring some management functions over public lands to the governments from whom these lands were taken.

Professor Kevin Washburn is shedding light on this issue in the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) “Enlisting Tribal Governments in Public Lands Management” on April 11 from 5­–6:30 p.m. at the UNM School of Law, room 2402.

Washburn will discuss the laws authorizing tribal contracts and the practical challenges for tribes and the federal government in implementing these initiatives in the public lands context.

The Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program and the Utton Center are presenting this lecture. No advance registration is required, but a NM State Bar number is required to receive credit.

Parking at the event is free in the Law School "L" parking lot starting at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Laura at 505-277-3253.

About Professor Washburn
Kevin Washburn has returned to the UNM School of Law as Regents Professor and is a former dean of the UNM School of Law. He served as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the second term of the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C., from 2012–2016.

In that role, he was the highest-ranking official for federal Indian policy, overseeing nearly 8,000 employees of the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education, and a budget that reached $2.8 billion during his leadership. Washburn also recently joined the American Indian Law Center (AILC) Board of Directors. The AILC is the oldest existing Indian-managed and Indian-operated legal and public policy organization in the country.