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Tribal Courts in Alaska

National Criminal Justice Month

Tribal Courts in Alaska: Past, Present, and Future

"Tribal Courts in Alaska: Past, Present, and Future" featured a distinguished panel of experts discussing the history of tribal courts and the concept of sovereignty, the organization of and training for tribal courts, jurisdictional issues, and how the Alaska Court System has been engaging with villages along the upper Yukon in the sentencing of misdemeanors.

The event was one of three sponsored by the Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), the UAA Justice Club, and the UAA Pre-Law Society as part of National Criminal Justice Month 2013. The event was held March 27, 2013 on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Photos and additional information about the event can be found on the the Justice Center blog.

Tribal Courts panelists
Tribal Courts panelists (left to right): Magistrate Judge Christopher McLain, Alaska Court System; Natalie Landreth, Native American Rights Fund; Lisa Jaeger, Tanana Chiefs Conference; Prof. Kevin Illingworth, UAF Tribal Management Program; Walter Monegan, Alaska Native Justice Center, moderator. Photo by Barbara Armstrong


  • Walt Monegan, Alaska Native Justice Center CEO/President, Moderator
  • Kevin Illingworth, Tribal Management Program Head and Assistant Professor, Interior-Aleutians Campus, UAF
  • Lisa Jaeger, Tribal Government Specialist, Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Natalie Landreth, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Magistrate Judge Christopher McLain, Alaska Court System

The event was introduced by Dr. Allan Barnes of the UAA Justice Center.


Event resources