Presented by the University of Colorado Law School, the Center of the American West, and the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Join us for a tribute to Vine Deloria, Jr.’s enormously influential book, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, and a recognition of the proud heritage of Vine Deloria, Jr.’s long association (as a recipient of a law degree and as a professor of history) with the University of Colorado. Presenters will include a combination of people who knew and worked with Vine Deloria featuring his remarkable son, Harvard Professor Phil Deloria, and American Indian historians and activists inspired by his writings.


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Registration is FREE but required for attendance. Lunch and a light reception are included in your registration.



8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  – Session I.

Vine Deloria, Jr.:
Initiator, Instigator, Warrior

    • Chase Iron Eyes – Lakota People’s Law Project
    • Faith Spotted Eagle – Native American Activist
    • Mark Trahant – Journalist, Indian Country Today



10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Session II.

Vine Deloria, Jr.:
Writer, Reader, Thinker

    • David Martinez – Arizona State University
    • Robert Warrior – University of Kansas
    • Dan Wildcat – Haskell Indian Nations University


12:00 p.m. – Lunch

Keynote  Speaker

    • Phil Deloria – Harvard University


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Session III.

Vine Deloria, Jr.:
Lawyer, Litigator, Discoverer of Documents and Precedents with Promise

    • James Anaya – University of Colorado Law School
    • Maggie Blackhawk – University of Pennsylvania Law School
    • John Echohawk – Native American Rights Fund


2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Session IV.

Vine Deloria, Jr.:
Leader, Influencer, and Mobilizer

    • Kent Blansett – University of Nebraska at Omaha
    • David Wilkins – University of Minnesota
    • Charles Wilkinson – University of Colorado Law School


4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Student Presentation

Short Presentation by University of Colorado students on what getting a degree from the college that was Vine Deloria, Jr.’s home campus means to them

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Reception