Tadd Johnson on FIRST PERSON RADIO 6/28/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9 am as she talks with Professor Tadd Johnson on the work he has been doing, such as coming to the aid of two families who did not want their loved ones autopsied. Two people died suddenly in car crashes and the St. Louis County medical examiner held the bodies for autopsy. Professor Johnson helped get a court order to give one of the families the body of their relative so the family’s spiritual beliefs regarding burials could be honored. A new Chief Medical Examiner is in place now in St. Louis County and MN state law has been changed. We will talk about this and a book project Professor Johnson has underway.
Tadd Johnson is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.  He is an attorney and a Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the American Indian Studies Department.  Professor Johnson served as a tribal attorney for more than 30 years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal Indian Law.  He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs.  In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission.  Professor Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.  He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, has served on the Board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and is treasurer of the Native Center and Director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute.