Our Scholar Series, will open with a short screening of the PBS-produced short, Informed Consent and Medical Research which introduces the issues related to medical research and Native American genetics; following the video, Bay Mills Indian Community’s Chairman Bryan Newland will present a lecture titled, “Blood Feud: The Ethics of Researching Native American Genetics,” that will explore the Havasupai Tribe’s own experiences and the need for ethical research.
Bryan Newland is the Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and has served as the Chief Judge of the Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Court. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Michigan State University College of Law. From 2009-2012, Bryan served as an appointee of President Barack Obama at the Department of the Interior, where he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs.
Bryan was the first student to enter the Michigan State University College of Law’s Indigenous Law Program, and graduated magna cum laude with a certificate in Indigenous Law.