Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner was recently invited to the Florida State University College of Law to present on federal Indian law and consultation.
Her lecture, titled “Effective Consultation in Indian Country,” was the FSU’s College of Law Fall 2022 Distinguished Environmental Lecture.
A nationally recognized expert in the intersection of environmental and Indian law, Dean Kronk Warner is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and served as an appellate judge for the tribe and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.
As climate change and fossil fuel extractive industries ravage Indian country, the negative impacts on tribal sovereignty, health, and cultural resources demand consultation between tribes and the federal government. However, this is an area where the law fails to provide adequate guidance in engaging in tribal consultations.
Dean Kronk Warner’s lecture introduced federal Indian law, highlighted consultation requirements, demonstrated how the existing legal structure provides inadequate guidance on effective consultation, and concluded with thoughts on potential reform to improve the status quo.