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Goliath, Stumptown, and Longmire are among the popular TV shows that take a stab at storylines that feature Indian law. The fictional accounts sometimes attempt to delve into the real-life encounters with complex concepts such as Public Law 280, tribal-state memorandums of agreement and jurisdiction. We’ll flesh out whether city police have to break off a high speed chase when the suspects hit the reservation boundary, and how accurately shows portray the Indian Child Welfare Act. We’ll talk with attorney and avid TV watcher Matthew Fletcher and others about Indian law on the screen.
Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) – associate editor of Indian Country Today
Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) – law professor at Michigan State University’s college of law and author of the “Turtle Talk” blog
Break 1 Music: Eagle Dance REMIX (single) Jason Brown/Decontie & Brown (artist)
Break 2 music: Itchick (Tim Yellowtail’s Song) (song) Supaman (artist) Illuminatives (album)