I was the timekeeper for the “Indigenous Civil, Cultural, Political, and Human Rights: E/Merging Issues” panel hosted by Prof. Christine Zuni-Cruz. I did not know what to expect, truthfully, but I can say that by the time the panel discussion was over, I was a bit shaken. Each speaker spoke of the profound effects both the laws of the dominant society and how the inner-tribal laws often fail the most vulnerable of the tribal societies. Every time I had to raise the timekeeping cards, I felt as though I was now also part of the short-changing mechanism. I also started thinking about why none of these issues ever get any real discussion or coverage? I am not sure how these issues are best resolved but talking about them is a start. My dream would be for the TLJ to be a contributor in turning the dialogue into real solutions.
By Kaythee Hlaing
Kaythee Hlaing was born in Rangoon, Burma and came to the United States in 2002. She attend Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and received her Bachelor’s in Political Studies in 2006. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an Associate at a mutual fund in Santa Fe, NM, while also obtaining a Masters degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. Kaythee’s interests include: dogs, books, learning new languages, and stewardship of natural resources.