United Houma Nation


17 Apr

Duthu Recognized as Top 5 Native Scholars

Posted by United Houma Nation on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Professor Nathan Bruce Duthu was named as one of 5 Native Scholars who would be a great Native voice on the political scene as per an article on Indian Country Today.  The article is in response to an obvious void of an American Indian voice nationally on the political scene.

Professor Duthu is a proud citizen of the United Houma Nation.  Growing up in Dulac, Bruce has always been active in tribal affairs.  As a professor of Indian Law at Dartmouth College, Bruce has also been able to continue to advocate for his tribe while becoming a nationally acknowledged expert on Native Law.  Below is an excerpt of the article.


5 Native Scholars Who'd Make Great TV News Pundits

Simon Moya-Smith



On April 6, Melissa Harris-Perry invited a fistful of political pundits to MSNBC's New York City studio to discuss the now-dead #CancelColbert Twitter campaign, Colbert's satiric, albeit offensive, anti-Asian tweet (which launched the hashtag) and, of course, what started it all, the announcement of Washington Redskins' owner Dan Snyder's Original Americans Foundation.

Harris-Perry invited to her table Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, Rutgers University Women and Gender Studies professor Brittany Cooper, and MSNBC anchor Richard Lui

Not a single Native American was invited to the discussion.

At the beginning of the segment, Harris-Perry argued it was the Native American voice that was silenced amid the #CancelColbert hullabaloo. "While Colbert received the bulk of the attention, the movement that was lost in the mix were the Native Americans who have organized against Snyder's team mascot," Harris-Perry said. And while Harris-Perry's comments were correct, one must wonder, then, if she were, indeed, conscientious to the fact that the Native American voice has been silenced, why did she fail to invite a Native American to the discussion on April 6?

Native Americans are lawyers, doctors, scholars, and all manner of professionals. And, as result of theWeb as well as the proliferation of social media, our most learned Native leaders are only a click away. Here are five Native American scholars who would make great TV news pundits. Each would provide a keen, learned acumen on sundry indigenous North American issues and topics, including racism:


5. Professor Nathan Bruce Duthu






Courtesy Nathan Bruce Duthu

Courtesy Nathan Bruce Duthu


Since 2009 Nathan Bruce Duthu, an enrolled citizen of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana, has been the Samson Occom Professor of Native American studies and the chair of the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth College. The first in his family to attend college, Duthu received his juris doctorate in 1983 from Loyola University School of Law and his bachelor of arts in religion and Native American studies in 1980 from Dartmouth College. In 2000, Duthu was a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School where he taught comparative law of Indigenous Peoples. In 2003, Duthu was again a visiting professor, but this time in Trento, Italy, at the University of Trento where he offered a course titled Comparative Constitutional Law of Minority Groups and Indigenous Peoples. Duthu, a board member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, has spent the past 25 years teaching and lecturing all over the world including Russia, China, France, New Zealand and Australia. Duthu is also the author of American Indians and the Law, and, most recently, Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism.


Here's a link to the full article: