Water at Risk: Tribal Leaders’ Perspective

Thursday, August 17, 2017



Both events are 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 info@aicchicago.org.

Online registration closes Wednesday, August 16 at 5:00 p.m. Walk up registrations are welcome.


MORNING EVENT | New Location: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Rubloff Room 175, 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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EVENING EVENT | American Indian Center of Chicago, 3401 W. Ainslie St, Chicago

6:30 – 7:00 pm Arrival and Networking

7:00 – 8:15 pm Program and Questions

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Join us for a conversation with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin Chairman Gary Besaw as they convene in Chicago to speak about 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 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.

Sponsored by:

Leadership Greater Chicago, American Indian Center of Chicago, Metropolitan Tenants Organization, and Northwestern University.

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