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123: Frank Pommersheim - A Commitment to Native American Law

Season 1, Ep. 123

Frank Pommersheim, a professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law, discussed his experiences in Volunteer in Services to America (VISTA), his work on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and his passion for teaching Indian Law and the rights of Indigenous peoples in South Dakota on the latest episode of Credit Hour.


Each year, Pommersheim takes law students on a two-day trip to the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation to see various tribal court cases in action.


“I can talk about Indian Law in class, but we need to go out there,” Pommersheim said. “Students need hands-on experience.”


Pommersheim has taught at USD for over 30 years and has won many awards for his work. He recently was honored by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for a career and lifetime of work in Indian Law.

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The University of South Dakota’s podcast Credit Hour welcomed USD School of Law dean Neil Fulton to discuss the legal dimensions of systemic racism, social justice and criminal justice reform as part of its series “Voices Amplified.” “To address these problems, we have to understand, identify and engage with our differences, and then seek out points of commonality. That requires having difficult conversations in a patient way,” said Fulton. “None of us are really built to do that without working at it. Higher education can help us be prepared to do that.” Fulton discussed the legal aspects of criminal justice reform efforts like removing qualified immunity and defunding the police as well as the ways higher education can address issues like systemic racism. “I think particularly here in South Dakota it’s so important because coming to a college campus may be the first time where a lot of students have a sustained encounter with someone who isn’t like them, that doesn’t look like them, who isn’t of the same race or who doesn’t have the same socioeconomic background,” said Fulton. “This can be one of the first places where we have the sustained opportunity to have those conversations and build up both the skills and inclinations to attack these problems.” Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and www.usd.edu/podcast.