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Abstract

The Center for Indigenous Law, Governance and Citizenship was established in 2003 at Syracuse University College of Law under the direction of Robert Odawi Porter. The Center has four main goals: To conduct research relating to the citizenship rights and responsibilities of Indigenous peoples in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world; To conduct research relating to the law and governance of Indigenous nations in the United States and Canada; To provide technical assistance to Indigenous nations in the United States and Canada seeking to reform their governing institutions and administrative laws, as well as federal, state, local, and provincial governments seeking to reform their Indian affairs laws; and to promote a greater understanding of the law, governance, and history of the Haudenosaunee (the 'People of the Longhouse'). The Center for Indigenous Law sponsored a conference entitled, "Going Home: A Symposium on the Return of Removed Indigenous Peoples." The Symposium was held on November 10, 2003 in Syracuse, New York. Since indigenous law has international legal ramifications and has emerged as a burgeoning area of scholarship, the Journal chose to publish the legal commentary given at the Conference.

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