For the 2016–17 academic year, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program's student body and members of the University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) comprise more than 30 Native American and indigenous students representing indigenous nations from across the world, forming a close knit learning community of advocates.
NALSA is close group of law students, faculty, and staff that come together for one purpose: to increase awareness about Native and indigenous peoples in the James E. Rogers College of Law community and provide education on the legal issues that impact them today. NALSA is made up of Native American, indigenous, and non-Native members and welcomes anyone who has an interest in learning more about how the law affects tribes, individual Native Americans, and indigenous people all over the world. View the NALSA 2016-17 Viewbook for highlights of all the events students organize throughout the year: https://issuu.com/uanalsa/docs/ua_nalsa_viewbook_2016-2017
Currently, IPLP students and NALSA members represent the following indigenous and tribal nations:
Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui, Diné, Cherokee, Lumbee, Oneida, Ysleta Pueblo del Sur, Choctaw, Gila River, Hopi, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Colville, Omaha, Sac and Fox, Ho Chunk, Kiowa, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, Athabascan, Jicarilla Apache, Puyallup, Gros Ventre Tribe, Delaware, Wiradjuri, Aymara, L'nu, Karai-Karai, and Masai.
The University of Arizona NALSA chapter increases awareness about Native American and indigenous peoples within the university community in a multitude of ways. Throughout the school year, NALSA organizes events featuring tribal leaders and community activists to increase cultural awareness across campus, hosts college preview days for community college and high school students, conducts fundraisers to bring awareness to Indigenous People's Day, and provides volunteer and internship opportunities to law students interested in working with local Native communities.
In 2017, several University of Arizona NALSA members were elected to the National NALSA board. Jacob Metoxen was elected President, Daune Cardenas was elected Area 4 Representative, and Matthew Ramirez was elected Area 8 Representative for the National NALSA Board.
The 2017-18 University of Arizona NALSA Officers are:
President: Jacob Metoxen (Oneida)
Vice President: Pete Sabori (Gila River/Hopi)
Treasurer: Matthew Ramirez (Standing Rock Sioux)
Secretary: Mia Hammersley (Ysleta del Sur)
Social Director: Harrison Rice (Sac and Fox/United Keetoowah)
Public Relations Director: Alexis Zendejas (Omaha Tribe)
To reach out to current NALSA students email: email@example.com