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Pine Tree Lecture at Trent University Features US Tribal Chief Justice Robert J. Miller on October 12


Community Invited to Join Free Presentation Entitled “The Doctrine of Discovery”

Thursday, October 11, 2007, Peterborough

The Indigenous Studies department at Trent University is pleased to announce that Professor Robert J. Miller, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, will deliver the next Pine Tree Lecture on Friday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gathering Space, located in Peter Gzowski College in the First Peoples House of Learning.

Prof. Miller will be delivering a special presentation entitled: “The Doctrine of Discovery: from European Contact to the Russian Claim of the North Pole.” He has been speaking about the Lewis & Clark expedition and the Indian Nations for the past three years and published Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny. Prof. Miller became involved with this project in 2003 when he was appointed by his tribe to be its representative on the Circle of Tribal Advisors to the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.

In addition to his role as Chief Justice, Prof. Miller is highly regarded as a professor of Indian law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon where he has taught Indian law since 1993. In addition to his teaching, he has been a tribal judge since 1995 for many Northwest tribes. Prof. Miller is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Refreshments will be served. Peter Gzowski College in the First Peoples House of Learning is located on the east bank of Trent University’s Symons campus at 2510 Pioneer Road.


For further information, please contact Joanne Argue, Indigenous student services coordinator at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7612