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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Ms. Thompson is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer on topics as far ranging as tribal economic development, federal Indian law, criminal justice, and voting rights. She has been invited to speak throughout the United States and abroad – including in Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela on Indigenous and Voting Rights. She is also frequently requested by federal agencies to provide Federal Indian Law trainings. Ms. Thompson is available for public speaking requests and can be reached at Email.

Sample Guest Lectures & Classes:

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government, UCLA School of Law, George Washington University, American University, Black Hills State University, University of South Dakota

  • Federal Indian Law, Professor, United Tribes Technical College

  • Advanced Federal Advocacy Training for Tribal Leaders, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

  • Ethics for Indian Law Practitioners, Federal Bar Association Intensive Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training, Instructor, BIA Tribal Courts Program

  • Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), Professor, United Tribes Technical College

  • Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)

  • How Governments Can Promote Tribal Economies, Reservation Economic Summit (RES)

  • Rural Tribal Economic Development, Presenter, Greenberg Traurig

  • Separation of Politics & Economic Development, Reservation Economic Summit (RES)\

Sample Presentations

"Congressional Testimony: House Natural Resources - Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs," Heather Dawn Thompson, Department of Interior, Acting, Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs (Testimony at 47:55 minutes)

Federal Policy Impacts on Tribal Food, Agriculture and Land,” Heather Dawn Thompson, USDA Presentation to state SNAP agencies on tribal consultation (2022)

“Surviving an Invasion & Understanding Your Neighbors,” 

Heather Dawn Thompson, TEDx Talk (July 2018)


“Investing in Indian Country,” 

Heather Dawn Thompson, SoCap Conference, (October 2018)


“An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind the Rapid City Indian Boarding School and West Rapid City Lands,” 

Oyate Today Interview, (January 2019)


“An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind Sioux San Lands & West Rapid City,” 

(Presentation at the Dahl Museum) (September 3, 2018)


“Hidden America: Children of the Plains,” 

Narrator, 20/20 ABC Special with Diane Sawyer, (October 2011)

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