INDIAN LAW EXPERTS SPEAK AT THE
2011 UDALL FOUNDATION SCHOLAR
Kevin Gover, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National
Museum of the American Indian, former professor of law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State
University, and former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, was the keynote
speaker at the 2011 Udall Foundation Scholar Orientation. The orientation was held August 3-6 in Tucson, Arizona.
Gover addressed approximately 200 scholars and community members at this year's scholar banquet. He told the audience
that Mo and Stewart Udall were visionaries who were able to imagine a world that was better than the one they lived in.
He encouraged the Udall scholars to do the same thing. Gover discussed the environmental threats facing the world today
and advised the scholars that they have an enormous challenge ahead of them. He closed by stating that he has no doubt
that the "Udall Scholars will change the world."
Professor Charles Wilkinson, the Distinguished University Professor from the University of Colorado Law School and Moses
Lasky Professor of Law, kicked off the orientation by connecting themes of environmental and Indian law. Wilkinson is
one of the leading experts in the country on federal public land law and Indian law. He is a prolific writer and has
written 13 books on public land law and on Indian law.
The Udall Foundation Scholar Orientation is held every summer in Tucson. Highlights from the 2011 orientation included
"Working with Mo & Stew," moderated by Foundation Board Chair Terry Bracy; "Growing Up Udall," moderated by Foundation
Board Vice Chair Anne Udall; and the scholar presentations. Sessions on issues such as tribal environmental protection,
environmental conflict resolution, Indian stereotypes, urban forestry, and environmental health & justice enabled the
scholars to engage with complex topics.
For more information about the scholarship and the 2011 Udall Scholars, please visit
Charles Wilkinson, the Distinguished University Professor from the
University of Colorado Law School and Moses Lasky Professor of Law
Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian