Fort Clatsop National Memorial presents a free public presentation "Lewis and Clark: American Empire, 'Discovery,' and the Indian Tribes," by Robert Miller, associate law professor at Lewis and Clark College, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

As the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed the American West, their cultures intersected with those of the Indian nations they encountered. Facets of those encounters included the principles of the "Doctrine of Discovery" and Manifest Destiny which would have enormous future impacts on American Indians. Robert Miller will discuss those legal aspects, as well as the role of Indians in the success of the expedition.

Miller teaches Indian Law, Cultural Resources Protection, and Civil Procedure at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland. He has extensive legal experience and is the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Miller is scheduled to be a speaker at the next Lewis and Clark Bicentennial signature event, "Falls of the Ohio," later this month in Louisville, Ky.

Other "In Their Footsteps: Discovering the Corps" series programs include:

• Sunday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.: "Historical Interpretation: An Artist's Perspective," by artist Gary Lucy

• Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.: "Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition," by Doug Erickson, Lewis and Clark College Head of Special Collections

These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop National Memorial's visitor center.

Subsequent programs will be announced for January, February, March, April and May 2004. "This free speaker series is a terrific opportunity for people to meet scholars, authors and artists, and explore the Lewis and Clark Expedition from a variety of perspectives," said Chip Jenkins, Fort Clatsop National Memorial superintendent.

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.

Events are sponsored by Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Fort Clatsop Historical Association and Red Lion Inn of Astoria.

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