University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association
For the 2020–21 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 Native American and Indigenous students from Indigenous nations across the world, and non-Native students, forming a close knit learning community of advocates. The University of Arizona NALSA chapter is consistently one of the largest chapters in the country.
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.
Currently, IPLP students and NALSA members represent the following Indigenous and tribal nations:
Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui, Diné, Cherokee, Colville, Omaha, Wiradjuri, L'nu, Choctaw Nation, Cowlitz, Lumbee, Washoe Tribe, Muscogee Creek, Chickasaw, Anishnaabe, Maasai, Zezuru, Izon (Ijaw) tribe of Nigeria, Native Hawaiian, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, and the Nisqually Indian Nation.
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.
NALSA Silent Auction, Kickoff Event
April 1, 12:00 p.m. MST
The kickoff event for this year's NALSA Silent Auction is April 1 at 6pm (AZ time). The event will feature virtual performances, artist talks, and alumni appearances. Please come support our NALSA chapter by bidding on the artwork and feel free to share the flyer on your social media platforms!
Starting in the fall 2020 semester, the University of Arizona NALSA chapter started a newsletter to highlight student stories, upcoming events, and share information about the important work they are doing in the community.
The 2021-22 University of Arizona NALSA Officers are:
Hayden Godfrey | President
Jeneva R. Kame Parks | Vice President
Analisa Skeen | Secretary
Julia Aguilera | Treasurer
Rebecca Caro Cohen | Public Relations
Hayden “Inali” Godfrey (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) | President
Jeneva R. Kame Parks (Indigenous Mexico/Ally) | Vice President
Julia Rose Aguilera (Southern Sierra Miwok) | Treasurer
Rebecca Caro Cohen (Ally) | Public Relations
Analisa Skeen (Ally) | Secretary