Mitchell Hamline’s Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute (NALS) formed its first advisory council to offer strategic advice on issues such as the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Native American law students and graduates.
The seven-member board, whose members will serve two-year terms, will also work to help develop programs and conferences, as well as build relationships with tribal nations in the region and connect with the vast network. Mitchell Hamline alumni.
“From strategic planning to supporting best practices, these board members will bring their perspectives, cultural understandings, expertise and knowledge to continue to grow the institute’s reach and efforts,” said Professor Angelique EagleWoman, director of the institute.
“These are all individuals deeply committed to the purpose and values of the Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute and the success of our law students, and I am grateful to them for their service.”
The members of the inaugural advisory board are:
- Judge Mary Jo Hunter (HoChunk Nation), associate judge for the Ho-Chunk Nation and former longtime clinical professor at Hamline University School of Law, where she taught child advocacy.
- Jody Tall Bear ’09 (Cheyenne-Arapaho and Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), Chief of the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Energy.
- Judge Lenor Scheffler Blaser ’88 (Lower Sioux Indian Community), Chief Justice of the Upper Sioux Indian Community and former administrator of William Mitchell and Mitchell Hamline.
- Veronica Newcomer ’13 (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), in-house counsel for the White Earth Nation.
- Jason Decker ’17 (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), associate attorney at Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson, a majority Native law firm in Colorado.
- Angela Levasseur ’22 (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation), a recent Mitchell Hamline graduate and one of the first students to earn a certificate from the Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute.
- Dominique Terry ’18 (Navajo Nation), Hennepin County Assistant District Attorney.
Learn more about the Native American law specialization at Mitchell Hamline.