March, 2024

March 22

TIME Activity
3:00-6:00 pm

Lydia Locklear – Deputy Tribal Attorney at Catawba Indian Nation – Pembroke, NC.   JD from Michigan State University School of Law.  Specialty – Indigenous Law and Policy. 

Patricia Leach – Assistant Chief of Catawba Nation.  University of Phoenix – BS – Small Business and Entrepreneurship, MBA – HR Management

Robert Doore – Tribal and Community Relations expert, Innovative BIPOC Executive, Strengths- based Leader, Justice, DEI. MBA – University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.


March 23

TIME Activity
9:00 -11:30 am

Participants – brief project updates

Dr. Robert A. Williams – Regents Professor, E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law, Faculty Co-Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program.  James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.  JD from Harvard University  

Dr. J. Cedric Woods – Director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Lumbee Tribe of NC citizen.  MA from University of Arizona, PhD from University of Connecticut.

Jody Cummings – General Counsel at Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation – based in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  JD from Columbia Law School

Denise Desiderio – Senior Policy Advisor at Akin, based in Washington, D.C.  Practice is focused on American Indian law and policy matters.  JD from George Washington University School of Law. Member of the Sappony Tribe.

Charlene Martin – Risk and Compliance, Charitable Solutions at BNY Mellon Wealth Management.  BS, Accounting – Greensboro College,  Treasurer of the Sappony Tribe.