Miami Presents: The Past, Present, and Future of Native Sovereignty in Federal Law

Presented on: Monday, March 27th at 5:00 PM EDT


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Join us for a special presentation from the Department of History, co-sponsored by the Myaamia Center, present the 2022-2023 McClellan Lecture:

The Past, Present, and Future of Native Sovereignty in Federal Law

Gregory Ablavsky is the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law and a Professor, by courtesy, of History at Stanford University. His scholarship focuses on early American legal history, particularly on issues of sovereignty, territory, and property in the early American West. His publications explore a range of topics including the history of the Indian Commerce Clause, the importance of Indian affairs in shaping the U.S. Constitution, and the balance of power between states and the federal government. His book Federal Ground: Governing Property and Violence in the First U.S. Territories was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. His work has received the Cromwell Article Prize and the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize from the American Society for Legal History.

This event is open to the public to walk-up in person in Upham Hall 001.  If you would prefer to watch a livestream, the presentation is available to all and free to watch online, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Ellie Witter at with questions.

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