"Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development."


-- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Personal Statement

As a member of the Navajo Nation, I have first-hand witnessed the abysmal socio-economic conditions indigenous peoples endure and how poverty creates unique barriers in accessing justice and other services. 

I believe that now more than ever, indigenous peoples need lawyers who not only  understand their experiences, but who can also effectively translate their needs and concerns to leverage support using international procedures, mechanisms, and systems. Indigenous communities need lawyers and advocates who can navigate multiple legal landscapes and use these bodies of law for the well-being of their clients. 

As one of these lawyers, I am actively, professionally, and compassionately committed to serving and representing the needs and concerns of indigenous peoples from all corners of the world. 


Contact Me

I am always interested in new projects, speaking engagements, and opportunities. Please feel free to reach out using the form below or emailing me at cookmichelle7@gmail.com

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