Prof. Tatum Visiting Australia to Discuss Indigenous Peoples Issues
At the invitation of indigenous leaders in Australia, Prof. Tatum, Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program (IPLP), left Arizona on September 6, 2013, to visit Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara, and Ngarrindjeri country, as well as the University of Melbourne, The University of Technology Sydney, Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and Flinders University in Adelaide. She will return in early October.
This visit comes as the result of efforts began over two years ago, when IPLP partnered with the Native Nations Institute and the Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office in an innovative program known as the Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance (CECERT). That program is focused on providing a strong foundation of knowledge tailored to the task of building robust, self-sufficient Native Nations.
The program was an immediate success and has attracted Indigenous leaders from the United States, Canada, and Africa. Inquiries from New Zealand and South America have also begun arriving.
IPLP already had strong Australian connections, as its faculty are regularly invited to lecture and teach there, and it has three alumni of its postgraduate programs there. In January 2013, ten members of Aboriginal nations journeyed to Tucson to take classes, and half of them work at universities in Australia.