January 2021 Newsletter
Happy New Year!
Here at the Native Nations Law and Policy Center, we hope this email finds you well as we head into 2021.
The recent federal transition of power is a pressing reminder that there is much work to do in Indian Country. We are elated to see the appointment of Rep. Haaland as Secretary of the Interior Department, along with other notable Indigenous appointments. In these early days, President Biden and his team have expressed support for Indian nations and tribal sovereignty. But, of course, many issues remain. Here at NNLPC, we are ecstatic to bring in the Spring 2021 semester, albeit still virtual. But while we cannot yet safely gather in person, we take joy in our ability to virtually bring together many Nations. Therefore, we will once again be featuring a Speaker Series, highlighting some of the legal issues impacting Indigenous Peoples. Stay tuned and we hope to see you there!
Angela R. Riley (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
Professor of Law and Director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center
The Native Nations Law and Policy Center and the Tribal Legal Development Clinic Spring 2021 Classes

Native Nations Law and Policy Center will be having a series of webinars this spring. Stay tuned for more information!
Our Director, Angela R. Riley joined Walter Echo-Hawk and Edward Halealoha Ayau for this webinar at UCSB Capps Center

Control over the disposition of one's ancestors and their sacred objects is a human right. This is no less the case when human remains and religious materials have been collected and curated by scientific, educational, and civic institutions. 
We want to extend our deepest thanks to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria for their generous help that enables the UCLA Law Native Nations Law and Policy Center and Tribal Legal Development Clinic to continue their work to enhance Indian nations’ laws and governmental institutions while advancing cultural resource protection.
Student Spotlight

Ryann Garcia, Co-President

J.D.,Class of 2021
Ryann Garcia is Xicana of Indigenous Mexican descent from San Bernardino, CA. She is a previous President and 1L Representative of NALSA. Ryann is specializing in Critical Race Studies and International and Comparative Law. She holds B.A.s in Religious Studies and Classical Civilizations from UCLA, as well as an M.A. in Asian Religions from Yale University. Ryann is the Symposium Editor for the UCLA Law Review, a Co-Editor on Race, Indigeneity, & Human Rights for the Promise Human Rights Blog, a UCLA Law Fellows Mentor, and a 3L Representative (previously
Inter-Org Chair) for the Latinx Law Student Association. She has worked for the UCLA Law Human Rights in Action Clinic, the UCLA Tribal Legal
Development Clinic, and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. She also competed in the 28th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition and received the National NALSA award for 2L of the Year. Ryann’s areas of interest are Federal and Tribal Indian Law, Cultural Rights Protections and Repatriation, International Human Rights Law, and Critical Race Theory.
Alexis Ixtlahuac, Recruitment Chair

J.D.,Class of 2021
Alexis Ixtlahuac is the previous Vice President of NALSA. She is a Xicana of Indigenous Mexican descent from Salinas, CA. Alexis is specializing in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law and Policy. She holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College with a focus in Law, Policy, and the American Family. After graduating from college in 2012, Alexis worked at the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project where she supported impact litigation and
legislative efforts regarding family detention, cross-border civil rights, and access to asylum. She is the Co-Director of the Law and Economic Justice Clinic, and a Staff Editor for UCLA’s Chicanx-Latinx Law Review. Alexis’ areas of interest are Labor Law, Employment Law, Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, Critical Race Theory, and Immigration.