This Week's Program: Wednesday, August 8, 2012


JOHN KANE - Guest Host My guest today was Len Violi, a New York based attorney who represents a couple of Native companies and individuals involved with the tobacco industry as it exists in "Indian Country". Len has argued cases in state and federal courts as it relates to Native commerce. Mr. Violi has also brought the U.S. into an international tribunal over a NAFTA violation claimed by his Native clients.

We discussed sovereignty, the courts and in particular one of the judges who sat in on that NAFTA case, Dr. James Anaya. We spoke of some of Mr. Anaya's prejudices that he brought into the tribunal he was a part of and his role as Special Rapporteur to the UN.

John Kane