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The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Foundation is excited to announce the second year of its Bar Review Scholarship Program. NNABA Foundation will award at least ten (10) $1,500 s…

Our Ethics Opinion No. 1 is analyzed in these recent law review articles.

Here is George K. Komnenos, Tribal Advocates as Ministers of Justice: A Potentially Problematic Concept, 29 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1079 (2016): GeorgeKKomnenosTribalAdvo An excerpt: In June 2015, the…

"Due process is indeed an important aspect of rights protection—and one that the Native American Bar Association has highlighted as critical in membership questions (see…/2014/01/Formal-Opinion-No.-1.pdf)..."

Tribal membership, including enrollment and disenrollment, can impact one’s criminal jurisdiction and eligibility for programs available only to Indians. This topic carries much weight in Indian Country, particularly when disputes involving disenrollment arise.

If you have not yet done so, please consider reading NNABA Resolution #2015-06 and Formal Ethics Opinion No. 1 on this subject.

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Tribal lawyers and law firms are saying "enough is enough" to disenrollment. A decreasing number of firms will defend disenrolling tribal politicians. #StopDisenrollment

Past President Mary Smith was interviewed by the National Law Journal - give it a read!

Mary Smith, as an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, will be one of the first Native Americans to serve as an officer of the American Bar Association wh...

"Some attorneys, including Robert A. Rosette, founding partner of Rosette LLP, say disenrollment procedures are a part of tribal sovereignty, but attorneys who assist or work for tribal councils must follow their own laws and not violate due process.

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) issued a resolution in 2015 that it is immoral and unethical for lawyers to encourage or take part in disenrollment processes that lack adequate due process, equal protection or a remedy for the violation of the civil rights of tribe members."

Part two of a series By Robin A. Ladue Tribal disenrollment is “a powerful demon,” says Eddie Crandell Sr., who represents the California Bay area Robinson Rancheria Casino. Crandell made the comment at a recent forum held on the practice of disenrollment of tribal members, which was sponsored by th...
Walking into Riverside County's historic courthouse on her first day, newly appointed California Superior Court Judge Sunshine Sykes got some ja

Kudos to former NNABA President Heather Dawn Thompson on this award and recognition of all that she does for Indian Country and the Indian legal profession.

Here’s the press release from Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig’s Heather Dawn Thompson Awarded Prestigious Bush Fellowship DENVER – Apr. 3, 2017 – Heather Dawn Thompson, an attorney in th…

President-Elect Diandra Benally discussed NNABA's Resolution and Ethics Opinion No. 1 regarding tribal citizenship, disenrollment and related due process and ethics issues at the #WhoBelongs conference today in Tucson, Arizona.

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"The National Native American Bar Association released a resolution and ethics opinion in 2016 denouncing disenrollment, stating it was 'immoral and unethical' for any lawyer to help tribes remove tribal members without adequate process."

Prominent people in Indian country such as Billy Mills, Sherman Alexie and Dallas Goldtooth have joined the most recent 'Stop Disenrollment' campaign

NNABA Foundation Announces Bar Review Scholarships

WWW.NATIVEAMERICANBAR.ORG For Immediate Release, February 7, 2017 Contact: Linda Benally (623) 308-2329 or Diandra Benally (480) 773-8648

NNABA commends these Indian lawyers for expressing #StopDisenrollment. Read NNABA Ethics Opinion No. 1 on the subject.

The New York Times: "The National Native American Bar Association issued a resolution in 2015 denouncing loss of membership without due process."

Four years ago, the Nooksack in Washington State announced that they were expelling hundreds of members, setting off a bitter debate over tribal identity.

NABA-DC Community,

The NABA-DC Board is happy to announce our 2016 award nominees. The winners will be announced and honored during the NABA-DC Holiday Party taking place on Friday, December 9th from 6pm to 9pm at Stanton & Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE. The awards ceremony will take place at 7pm. Winners have been notified.

Lifetime Achievement in Indian Law...
F. Patrick Barry
Donald R. Pongrace
Charles A. Hobbs
Paula Hart

2016 Significant Contribution in Indian Law
Lawrence S. Roberts
For his work as Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
Dawn S. Baum
For her work advising the Bureau of Indian Education on its reform efforts
Kathryn E. Fort
For her work on the Indian Child Welfare Act
Joseph H. Webster
For his work on behalf of his tribal clients
Colby Duren
For his work on environmental issues within Indian Country

Excellence in Government Service
Gina Allery
Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. DOJ
Tracy Canard Goodluck
Senior Associate Director, The White House, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
Alison Grigonis
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, U.S. DOI

Excellence in Mentoring
Daron Carreiro
Dawn S. Baum

Congratulations to all of the nominees! We are grateful for your hard work in the field of Indian law and policy.

NABA-DC would also like to thank everyone who has generously agreed to sponsor the NABA-DC Holiday Party.

NABA-DC Holiday Party Sponsors

Platinum Level
Akin Gump
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker
Van Ness Feldman

Gold Level
Greenberg Traurig
Kilpatrick Townsend
National Indian Gaming Association
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry

Arlinda Locklear Law Office
George Waters Consulting
Homer Law
Ietan Consulting
Navajo Nation Washington Office
Sixkiller Consulting

Don't forget to RSVP here for the Holiday Party. See you on Friday!

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