Joint Degree with KU Law

The University of Kansas offers a joint degree program in law and Indigenous Studies. As part of this unique program, students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law. Students must apply separately to the KU School of Law and the Indigenous Studies graduate program.

The program aspires to facilitate the protection and strengthening of Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and self-sufficiency in Indigenous nations throughout the Americas.

The University of Kansas was the third institution of higher learning in the United States to offer a joint degree program relating to Indigenous peoples.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kronk Warner, KU Law, (785) 864-4659, elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu; or Dr. Stephanie Fitzgerald, Indigenous Studies, (785) 864-5271, sfitzger@ku.edu.

KU Law
JD/MA in Indigenous Studies
Tribal Law and Government Center

Program Objectives

The objectives of this joint degree program are:

  • to facilitate interdisciplinary studies;
  • to support the interest of students who wish to pursue study in both fields; and
  • to provide an educational opportunity that trains candidates for leadership and policy-making roles in Indigenous communities worldwide, in higher education, and in state, national, and international institutions and organizations.

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Indigenous Aesthetics in Visual + Performing Art
Tuesday, March 26 | 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lied Center Seymour Gallery
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

"MEKKO" Showing and Filmmaker Q&A with Sterlin Harjo
Wednesday, March 27 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Dwelling Build – Wichita Grasshouse
Construction begins Thursday, March 28 and continues through Tuesday, April 2
Lied Center, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Indigenous Community Building through the Arts
Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Cider Gallery Opening and Live Painting with Steven Grounds
Friday, March 29 | 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, KS 66044
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Steven Grounds Artist Talk and Reception
Sunday, March 31 | 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Reception begins at 5 p.m.
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

"Inherent Innovation: Evolving Woodland Attire" MFA Thesis Exhibition by Jodi Webster
March 31-April 4
Gallery hours: Sun.: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Mon.-Thur.: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Fri.: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Closing reception April 4 | 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Chalmers Hall Art & Design Gallery
1467 Jayhawk Blvd.

Haskell College and Career Fair
Thursday, April 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Coffin Sports Complex, Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Ave., Lawrence, KS
Contact Angelina Adams at 785-830-2775 for more information

Nataanii Means Performance
Friday, April 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Tickets: $25 for adults, $14 for students/youth
Order tickets online at www.lied.ku.edu or by calling the ticket office at 785-864-2787

KU FNSA Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival
Saturday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Free and open to the public
Tipi dedication to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer for the powwow and ICF, including the grasshouse build

April NFSC Meeting
Friday, April 12 | 2 p.m.
Location TBA
University of Kansas

Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, April 23 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Gathering
Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28
Flint Hills near Council Grove, KS
Join Indigenous Elders as they share their Native American culture and explore tradition and cultural issues at this annual gathering
All are invited
Register online by Friday, April 19
Hosted by the Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation, 501(c)3
For more information, call 785-477-9306 or visit www.fhwisdomkeepers.org
**To attend the Sacred Drum Workshop on Saturday evening, register with Terri Delahanty by Friday, April 5

May NFSC Meeting
Friday, May 10 | 2 p.m.
Location TBA
University of Kansas

2nd Annual Young Professionals Powwow + Trade Show and Convention
Wednesday, July 17 | Conference: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Powwow: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. 6th St.
Lawrence, KS
Dancing and signing competitions for 18- to 35-year-olds
Conference registration $25-$35, includes lunch, resume-building, professional headshots, networking, prizes, educational workshops, and more.
Powwow is free and open to the public

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