NMU alumni gives presentation on tribal laws

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Students at Northern Michigan University and the local community got a chance to learn more about what it’s like to work for and with a Native American tribe. Jana Simmons, an attorney who focuses on tribal law, gave the presentation.

According to Simmons, it's important to know how their government works before working with them. She also talked about how a growth in a tribal economy could help the local community if they work together.

“There is a very strong and indigenous presence in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula and so as tribal members benefit when their economy grow, or the reservation economy grow there are opportunities for tribes to hire outside people within the community,” said Simmons.

Simmons is also in Marquette to receive an alumni award this weekend at NMU Homecoming.

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