Steven Newcomb is a Shawnee, Lenape scholar and author. He is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute. He has been studying and writing about U.S. federal Indian law and policy since the early 1980s, particularly the application of international law to indigenous nations and peoples.
He has been a columnist for Indian Country Media Network (previously Indian Country Today) since 2002. Newcomb majored in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Oregon, and he uses his expertise in persuasion and rhetorical analysis on behalf of Original Nations. He and Birgil Kills Straight (Oglala Lakota) founded the Indigenous Law Institute in 1992. Newcomb has worked on Indigenous Peoples issues in the international arena and at the United Nations for 20 years, and has worked with numerous Native Nations and Peoples.
Newcomb is published by Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford), Routledge, New York University School of Law, Fulcrum Publishing, the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and the Griffith School of Law in Australia. His book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, has been a best seller on Amazon for eight years, he is co-producer of the movie The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, directed by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota). The movie is based on Newcomb’s book Pagans. On May 4, 2016, he met Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square and spent two hours meeting with Archbishop Tomasi at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace regarding the papal bulls of the 15th century.
Newcomb’s most noted work with ICMN is as follows: