October 26, 2009 Native American Rights Fund Official To Deliver Native American Heritage Month Keynote Address on Nov. 18

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022

Dawn Sturdevant Baum, a staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), will deliver the keynote address for the Library’s 2009 celebration of Native American Heritage Month. This year’s national theme is "Pride in Our Heritage. Honor to Our Ancestors."

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Whittall Pavilion, located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Baum is an enrolled member of the Mole Lake (Sokaogon) Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin and a descendant of the Menominee Tribe. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Beloit College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. In 2005, she completed a Master in Laws (LL M.) degree in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa. She joined NARF in November 2006.

Baum’s Indian law experience includes clerkships with the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin law office and the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. She also held the position of clinical instructor for the University of Tulsas Boesche Legal Clinic.

She is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin, New Mexico, the District of Columbia, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal courts and the Navajo Nation tribal courts (inactive). Baum sits on the board of the Native American Bar Association of D.C. and is a co-editor for the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section Newsletter.

The Library will also celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a cultural display of selected items from the Library’s collections, which will be on view in the Madison Building lobby throughout the month of November.

A Native American Heritage Month online presentation will be accessible on the Library’s website at www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov.

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PR 09-214
ISSN 0731-3527