VERMILLION, S.D. -- The “Great Plains Journal,” an academic journal produced by students at The University of South Dakota School of Law, is hosting a symposium, “Archaeology and the Law: How the Law Has Shaped Cultural Resource Management,” on Thursday, Feb. 12.
The symposium will begin at 10 a.m. in the Law School courtroom with a panel on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Other panels include fitting cultural resource management into economic development and management of the Missouri River. At 12 p.m., Robert K. Schneiders, assistant professor of history at USD, will speak at the National Music Museum about the events that led to the damming of the Missouri River, and at 7 p.m., keynote speaker P. Willey, professor of anthropology at California State University, Chico, will discuss his work with mass graves in Iraq. Willey's keynote address is sponsored by the USD Department of Anthropology. The symposium is free and open to the public.
"South Dakota has a wealth of cultural resources; however, archaeology, and how it intersects with the law, is a topic which doesn't frequently arise in formal legal education," said Erin Bradley, "Great Plains Journal" editor-in-chief. "Given the state's unique tribal heritage and the wealth of experienced professionals in South Dakota, the archaeological-legal synthesis is one which is relevant to the region in many ways. The Journal is excited to expose students, legal professionals, and the lay community to this fascinating and salient area of the law."
The "Great Plains Journal" provides readers with scholarly and practical articles dealing with resource management and policy issues pertinent to the Great Plains regions of the United States and Canada. Published twice a year, the "Great Plains Journal" contains interdisciplinary articles by leading members of the legal profession and other fields, as well as student notes and comments.