South Dakota Adopts Multistate Bar Exam (which includes Indian law)

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BC Seeds Gathering at Kwantlen Polytech University, Nov 14-16

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November 14, 2014 at 4:30pm to November 16, 2014 at 1:30pm
Event Description:
Like no other agricultural gathering in BC, this event will bring together an incredible roster of experienced, dedicated individuals committed to focusing locally and connecting nationally to protect the culture, history and future of seeds in our world.
Small-scale seed growers, community leaders, seed networks and young urban farmers from across BC will bring their seeds to clean, will learn and share experiences and launch the BC Eco Seeds producer cooperative. Together we will decide how we can improve the quality, quantity and diversity of locally grown seed.
Knowledge Keepers Long Table- Hosted by Dan Jason, Salt Spring Seed: including Mary Alice Johnson-Full Circle Seed, Jon Alcock-Sunshine Seed, Barb and Lorne Ebell-Nanoose Edibles, Mojave Kaplan-Planting Seed Project, Robear LaBaron-Elderfield Farm and Wolverine.Workshops include:
The Power of Pulses – Dan Jason: growing, eating and saving the world with dried peas, bean, lentil favas and chick peas. Principles in biology and genetics for seed producers with: Laurie McKenzie (Organic Seed Alliance) and Andrew Riseman (UBC)
Sowing the Seeds of Transformation with Sharon Jinkerson-Brass (White Thunderbird Woman)
Seed Quality Assurance Roundtable with Brian Campbell (West Coast Seeds), Patrick Steiner (Stellar Seeds) and Andrew Riseman (UBC)
Community Access to Seeds: Libraries & Banks – Roundtable: including Erika Simms (Richmond Food Security Society), Ross Moster (Village Vancouver), Matthew Kemshaw (Lifecycles) and a host of others.
We are delighted to announce that Jan Stomp, President of the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) will be conducting a workshop on “Seed Freedom” Saturday afternoon.

For the full program go to:

Organized by Farm Folk City Folk and Kwantlen Poltyechnic University.
Sponsored by Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary and West Coast Seeds, with generous support from USC Canada, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Slow Food Vancouver, and Village Vancouver.

Note: Village will be displaying of several of our Seed Libraries at the Gathering, including 5 new designs recently built for us by students from Emily Carr’s ecoTANK (Thinking about Nature’s Knowledge) industrial design studio.

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Koch Foundation Buys Academic Slots

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By Marjorie Heins, Free Expression Policy Project

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, are best-known for donating millions to the election campaigns of Tea Party candidates and others committed to fighting regulation of business and to protecting the oil and gas industries from efforts to combat climate change. It turns out that Charles Koch, through his foundation, is now also heavily invested in higher education. The money comes with major strings attached.

According to Greenpeace’s recent report, Koch on Campus: Polluting Higher Education, the Charles Koch Foundation gave more than $50 million to 390 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2012. Among the major grantees are George Mason University, Florida State University, Clemson University, Suffolk University, Utah State, West Virginia University, Catholic University, University of North Carolina, George Washington University, and Arizona State.1

Most of the funding has gone to economics departments, and the conditions are…

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Between Keewatin and Tsilhqot’in Conference, Nov 21 – 22

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“Between Keewatin and Tsilhqot’in” is an important conference regarding the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions for First Nations and Aboriginal people in Canada.

Space is limited for the November 21st and 22nd conference.  For more information and to register go to

This conference is co-hosted by Treaty Commissioner James Wilson and Professor Aimee Craft, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.

Speakers Are:

*    Elder Harry Bone
*    Robert Janes, JFK Law Corporation,
*    Ovide Mercredi, University of Manitoba
*    Heather Leonoff, Manitoba Justice, Constitutional Law
*    Ken McNeil, Professor, Osgood Hall Law School
*    Heather Mahony, Lawyer, Woodward and Company
*    Julie Blackhawk, Department of Justice Canada
*    Doug White, Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation, Vancouver Island University
*    Professor Aimee Craft, University of Manitoba
*    Michael Anderson, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak
*    Bill Gallagher, Author
*    Jean Teillet, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP
*    J.B. Fobister, Traditional Land User, Grassy Narrows First Nation
*    The Honourable Richard Scott, Former Chief Justice of Manitoba

View a complete agenda – For more detailed information, including session descriptions and speaker biographies, available at

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Public Lecture – What’s Story Got to Do With it? Nov 20, 2014, 5-7pm

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Public lecture on November 20, 2014 from 5-7pm in room HC1425 (SFU Vancouver).

What’s story got to do with it? Visualizing storywork and Indigenous pedagogy, lecture by Dorothy Christian, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies at UBC.