Pacific Northwest Indian Treaties in National and International
Historical Perspective

May 13-14, 2005
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
University of Washington, Seattle

Conference Program


Registration—8:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Speaker—9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

"'The Past Has Always Haunted the Present': Commentaries on Indigenous and Colonial Treaties in Comparative Historical Perspective"
John Wunder, University of Nebraska

Panel Session: Treaties in Washington and British Columbia: Cross-Border Influences, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chair and discussion facilitator: Daniel Boxberger, Western Washington University

"Treaties as Grants of Rights from the Indians: The Douglas and Stevens Treaties of the Pacific Northwest"
John Borrows, University of Victoria Faculty of Law

"'Trespassers on the Soil': United States v. Tom and a New Perspective on the Short History of Treaty-Making in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia"
Hamar Foster, University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and Alan Grove, independent scholar

"Treaty Rights to Fish in British Columbia and Cross-Border Influences from Washington State"
Doug Harris, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law

Panel Session: Treaties, Tribal Categories, and Intra-Indian Relations, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Chair and discussion facilitator: Alexandra Harmon, University of Washington

"From Taylor to Seufert: Defending and Defining Treaty Rights on the Columbia River, 1887-1919"
Andrew H. Fisher, College of William and Mary

"Ethnogenesis and Ethnonationalism from Competing Treaty Claims"
Russel Barsh, Center for the Study of Coast Salish Environments, Samish Nation

"United States and Canadian Treaties in the Intertribal and Cross-Border Relations of Indians and Métis East of the Rockies"
David R. Miller, First Nations University of Canada

"Hand in Glove: Indian Policy, Settler Practice, and the Micro-techniques of Dispossession"
Paige Raibmon, University of British Columbia

Reception at the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, 206 Communications Building, 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.


Panel Session: Indian Meanings of Treaties, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Co-chairs and discussion facilitators: Wendy Wickwire, University of Victoria, and Coll-Peter Thrush, University of British Columbia

"The Multiple Meanings of Canada's Indian Treaties"
J. R. Miller, University of Saskatchewan

"Performing Treaties: The Culture and Politics of Treaty Remembrance and Celebration"
Chris Friday, Western Washington University

"The Clash of Histories: Salish Canadian Memories of Treaty Agreements that the Government Says Never Occurred"
Keith Carlson, University of Saskatchewan

"The Stevens Treaties of 1855, Traditional Aboriginal Title, and Tiicaminsh Uytpama Natitayt (Kennewick Man)"
Bruce Rigsby, University of Queensland

Panel Session: Forums for Native Claims, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Chair and discussion facilitator: Robert Anderson, University of Washington School of Law

"Negotiated Sovereignty: Indian Treaties and the Acquisition of American and Canadian Territorial Rights in the Pacific Northwest"
Kent McNeil, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

"'History Wars' and Treaty Rights in Canada: The Case of Victor Buffalo et al. v. Regina"
Arthur J. Ray, University of British Columbia

"Decolonizing Democracy: Reflections on Treaty-Making in British Columbia"
Ravi de Costa, McMaster University

Conference sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington, University of Washington American Indian Studies Program, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington Canadian Studies Center, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western Washington University, and University of Washington School of Law.

Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest