Chickasaw Nation helps endow Worcester Sovereignty Project at TU Law

Friday, November 15, 2013


Ada, Okla. - The Chickasaw Nation has recently made a gift to The University of Tulsa College of Law to permanently endow a number of scholarships for students interested in Indian law.  The Jess Green Memorial Scholarship Fund will be part of the formally recognized Chickasaw Nation Endowment Fund for the Worcester Sovereignty Project at The University of Tulsa College of Law.

The Worcester Sovereignty Project (WSP) is essential for training tribal sovereignty advocates and providing Indian Nations with a scholarly forum and a voice for sovereignty that is independent of the state and federal governments. With growing support in Indian Country, which includes a memorandum of agreement with the Native American Rights Fund, and support from a number of Indian tribes, the project has five key components: scholarship program; field studies program; legal clinic; defense partners program; and policy review center.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said that “the recognition of Native American sovereignty and proper exercise of self-determination are vital for continued economic development and progress of the Chickasaw Nation, and all of Oklahoma.  The University of Tulsa’s Worcester Sovereignty Project is an important, independent think tank that will help continue progress toward all of those goals.” He went on to say that, “No one has argued with more passion for Indian sovereignty than Jess Green, a proud Chickasaw lawyer. We look forward to TU Law graduates carrying that tradition forward.”

Janet Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair, stated that “The University of Tulsa College of Law takes seriously its obligation to educate future leaders who will carry forward the mantle of Indian sovereignty, self-determination, progress, cultural significance, and prosperity to tomorrow’s generation.  We are proud of TU’s longstanding position as a leader in Indian law and policy.  We are grateful to the Chickasaw Nation and its generosity.”

Rick Burr