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OSA Design Contest: Calling all Native artists!
Olea, Solorzano & Austin is accepting submissions from Native artists. OSA is sponsoring the artwork for a conference to be held this spring, March 23 and 24. The conference is being hosted by the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, and is being sponsored by various organizations.
Chaco Canyon was a major trade hub for Native Nations all across North America, from the great Canadian North to the Amazon of South America. Anthropologists and archeologists have verified that indigenous peoples from all over the continent indeed gathered at Chaco Canyon to engage in trade. This is an early example of and proof that indigenous peoples engaged in international trade dealings. More interestingly, modern day anthropologists and archeologists have struggled to figure out how Chaco Canyon was built. The trade city was abandoned and remains shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that it served many purposes, most notably being a major trade destination for indigenous nations prior to European contact. The purpose of the conference is to recapture the spirit of Chaco Canyon and begin the discussion of how we can revitalize international trade between Native Nations.
Designs should reflect the nature of the conference, which is in the title, "All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon: Revitalizing Trade Between Native Nations." Participants may chose to use whatever medium, e.g. watercolors, markers, pens, computer software etc. However, the final product, in whatever medium, should be submitted digitally, meaning a high resolution photo of the work or high resolution scanned copy. All work must be the original work of the participant; no recreation of prior works or photos are allowed. Submissions must be capable of fitting on a 8.5x11 sheet of paper without pixelation.
After the deadline, Members of Team OSA will review, evaluate, and select one winner. The winner will receive $250 and have their artwork/designs featured on various conference promotional materials within the discretion of the law college. Submissions are due by January 26 @ 5:00 pm (Arizona time). Any questions and submissions can be sent to Joe.TheWolf.Austin@Team-OSA.com. Include your name, phone number, and email along with your submission.
July 28, 2017
Joe Austin Presents at "Protecting Our Lands" Summer Youth Camp
Joseph Austin gave a presentation to Native youth at Mingus Mountain, James 4H camp near Prescott Valley. The summer youth camp, called "Protecting Our Lands," was hosted by the Arizona Indian Education Association along with various other organizations. Austin was there representing the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program. His presentation focused on how to develop laws and policies for Native Nations.
July 13, 2017
Francisco Olea is Chosen for the Casino del Sol CEO Succession Program
Francisco Olea was chosen to participate in Casino Del Sol's CEO Succession Program. Many applied for the program but only a few were chosen. The program is 2 years long and is aimed at recruiting the top, most talented individuals in the Pascua Yaqui Nation. Olea will undergo training and learn the casino inside and out for the next two years. We're confident that his vast work experience and education will make him the top candidate to be Casino Del Sol's next CEO.
July 9, 2017
Solorzano Begins Work at Leech Lake
Antonio Solorzano begins work at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Solorzano is tasked with assisting the Nation with economic development and revising economic policies.
June 17, 2017
Olea Speaks at Pascua Yaqui Nation Summer Youth Workshop
Francisco Olea was asked to speak to the Pascua Yaqui youth at a workshop aimed at teaching kids how to set goals and achieve them. Olea was accompanied by Solorzano and Austin who also chimed in on various topics. Olea led the discussion and used his experiences to show the kids how to persevere in the face of hardship. Olea's work experience, education, and credentials has made him a role model for the youth in the Pascua Yaqui Nation.
May 13, 2017
Antonio Solorzano Graduates with Master of Laws Degree and Continues on to Pursue a Doctor of Juridical Science
Antonio Solorzano graduated from the Master of Laws program at the University of Arizona College of Law, obtaining an LLM degree in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy. Solorzano was also accepted into the IPLP SJD program. For the next few years, he will be conducting research and writing his dissertation which focuses on economic development in Indian Country.
May 12, 2017
Joseph Austin Delivers Keynote Speech at the Native American Education Program's Graduation
Joseph Austin was asked to give the keynote speech to Native students graduating from 8th grade and high school. The graduation event was hosted by the Amphitheater Native American Education Program. Austin spoke to parents and youth about what it takes for a Native person to succeed in today's modern world.
May 11, 2017
Austin Featured on Front Page of Navajo Times
Joseph Austin was featured on the front page of Navajo Times. The article highlights the innovative and game-changing work that Austin is doing at the University of Arizona, College of Law's International Economic Law & Policy Program: re-engaging international trade between Native Nations.
May 9, 2017
Austin Speaks on International Trade at the Annual Navajo Nation Economic Summit
Joe Austin addressed a packed room of Native leaders and business folks at the Twin Arrows Casino in Flagstaff, Arizona. His presentation, The Fools Who Thought They Killed the Wolf, addressed a number of topics pertaining to economic development in Indian Country and the Navajo Nation. However, the crux of Austin's presentation revolved around an innovative concept: re-engaging international trade between Native Nations.
February 20, 2017
Austin Delivers Lecture: Words of the Talking God
Joe Austin was one of the featured presenters for The Global Speaker Series at the University of Arizona, College of Law. Austin's lecture focused on the evolution of the Navajo Nation judicial system and the use of customary law in Navajo judicial decision making.