Experience and Work History

 

Navajo Nation Human Rights Commissioner

Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, St. Michaels, AZ

August 2016-2020

Appointed as a Community-At Large Commissioner for the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, established to collect data regarding discriminatory acts against citizens of the Navajo Nation by private citizens, businesses, organizations and foreign governments within and outside the Navajo Nation.

 

Consultant

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

January 2017 - present

Developed, planned, and facilitated The Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation, an international divestment delegation, to Norway and Switzerland regarding indigenous human rights abuses in the United States.

 

Law Clerk

Southwest Indian Law Clinic, Albuquerque, NM

August - December 2014

Completed clinical work providing criminal defense within the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court, assisted with tribal enrollment within the Navajo Nation, and provided mediation for clients from the Pueblo of Jemez.

 

John D.B. Lewis Law Fellow 

Indian Law Resource Center, Washington, D.C.

June - August, 2014

Completed a sixteen-week clerkship in Washington D.C. focusing on legal reform in Indian country, conservation, and indigenous human rights in Mesoamerica.

 

Young Lawyers Division Summer Fellow, Law Clerk

DNA People's Legal Services, Window Rock, AZ

June - August 2013

Engaged in a ten-week clerkship focusing on predatory lending, defamation, protection of sacred sites, and repatriation of items of cultural patrimony.

 

Consultant

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

May - June 2012

Developed, planned, and facilitated an international studies program on Maori sovereignty for the American Indian Studies Department.

 

Fulbright U.S. Graduate Fellow

Hamilton, New Zealand

June 2009-2010

Completed a year-long fellowship program studying and conducting research regarding indigenous customary law and traditional justice systems in Aotearoa, New Zealand.