Presenter: Tadd Johnson, Esq., Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Professor Tadd Johnson is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. He is an attorney and a professor at the University of MN Duluth where he is Head of the American Indian Studies Department. Professor Johnson served as a tribal attorney for over twenty years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and federal American Indian law. He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. Professor Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, has served on the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and is co-producer and co-host of the PBS program Native Report.
Facilitator: Joseph Bauerkemper, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Joseph Bauerkemper currently serves as an Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth where his scholarship, outreach, and teaching emphasize governance, literature, and law. Before joining the UMD faculty he earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, enjoyed one year at the University of Illinois as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, and enjoyed two years at UCLA as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. He has published peer-reviewed scholarship in numerous journals and books, served as a consultant on tribal governance, and facilitated public fora and training sessions for an array of participants. Joseph grew up in Austin, Texas and lives in Duluth with his wife Kristen, daughter Eliza, and son Thomas.