Native American Sovereignty: Should Indians have more control over their land?

"Native American lands contain $1.5 trillion in untapped coal, oil and other energy resources. The potential bounty is raising hopes among many Indians that energy development can help tribes reduce poverty on their reservations, where unemployment averages 19 percent. But development also is raising fears that it will threaten Indians' traditional way of life and harm the Earth. In addition, the dispute is raising tough questions among Indians, lawmakers and others about energy development and the limits of tribal sovereignty.

Kansas Secretary Of State Kobach To Help Lead Presidential Commission On Voter Fraud


"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to help lead a commission on voter fraud and suppression, a body he has promised to create since taking office nearly four months ago.

Kobach, who has gained national notoriety for his claims of widespread voter fraud, will serve as vice chair alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who will chair the commission.
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Mark P. Johnson, a Kansas City attorney who has challenged Kansas’ proof of citizenship law, says he’s willing to give Kobach the benefit of the doubt.

Episode 1: Whose Kansas Is It Anyway?

"WNYC’s Arun Venugopal traveled to Kansas to speak with members of the Indian community about how they’re dealing with the deaths, and with their changing status in America. Indian Americans enjoy the highest household income of any ethnic group in America. Their socioeconomic success and status as a ‘model minority’ has increasingly been reflected in American popular culture, as well as Bollywood films, and has played into arguments that America is a meritocracy, rather than one defined by white supremacy.

TPP: What now?

"As leaders of the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organisation met in Peru on November 20, one question overshadowed their discussions: the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


Rejection of the TPP, a landmark free trade agreement among 12 nations bordering the Pacific Ocean, was a cornerstone of US president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. If he follows through, as expected, a shadow would be cast over the bright futures member countries had foreseen for their country’s economies through higher exports and foreign direct investment.

KU law professor says language compelling Kobach produce documents unusually strong

"A law professor at the University of Kansas reviewed the decision handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara this week compelling Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to produce documents in a suit regarding the National Voting Rights Act.

One of those documents is one photographed by the Associated Press in Kobach’s hand as he was getting ready to walk into a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

KU Law Professor Says Court Is Giving Legislature One Last Chance To Fix School Funding Adequacy

"A Kansas University Law Professor says that the Kansas Supreme Court appears to be giving the Kansas Legislature one last chance to fix school funding adequacy.

'The court found the current school funding provision to be unconstitutional under the Kansas Constitution,' said Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan, Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy. 'It stayed the enforcement of an order until the end of June.' 

The current law that gives schools in Kansas block grant funding is due to expire, anyway.

Law Prof Part of Effort to Improve International Arbitration Cases

"In international arbitration cases, billions of dollars and the validity of government regulations can be at stake, so it is imperative parties are able to choose the best arbitrator to settle their disputes. A University of Kansas law professor is part of a project working to improve the information available to parties in such cases, making the process fairer and more efficient and increasing the diversity of people deciding international arbitration cases.

Day in the Life: Bruce Hopkins gets third law degree at age 72

"Bruce Hopkins is a professor of the practice at the University, teaching students on nonprofit organizations and law while practicing that same law in Kansas City. Hopkins boasts almost 50 years of experience within nonprofit and tax-exempt law, working with a wide range of nonprofit organizations.

In 2013, at the age of 72, Hopkins decided to enroll back in classes at the University to pursue his third law degree.

'I saw this degree as a goal. I saw it as an objective,' Hopkins said."

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