Diana R. Bob, Lummi, has been elected president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association for 2012-13.
Bob is a staff attorney in the Lummi Nation Office of the Reservation Attorney in Lummi Nation, Washington. She graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies and anthropology. Bob obtained her JD with certificate in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
As a lawyer, Bob has worked at the Northwest Justice Project in Spokane, Washington and the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. For the Lummi Nation, Bob works on matters relating to land use, natural resources, water rights and other matters with local governments, Washington state and the United States. She is a member of the Lummi, Colville, Kalispel and Spokane Tribal Court bars, the Washington state and District of Columbia bar associations, and is admitted to practice in the Western District of Washington.
Also elected to the governing council: Lee K. Shannon, Cowichan, president-elect; Dana Little, Turtle Mountain/Rocky Boy Chippewa, secretary; Lisa L. Atkinson, Northern Cherokee/Osage, treasurer; Lael Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, Lauren King, Muskogee Creek, and Sarah Lawson, Iowa of Kansas and Nebraska, at-large members; and Michael E. Douglas, Haida, Indian Legal Scholars Program chairman.
The Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA) is comprised of Native attorneys, judges and Indian Law practitioners in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Members work to improve the legal and political landscape for the Pacific Northwest Indian country.
The association’s goals are to represent and foster the education and welfare of Native American attorneys, paralegals and tribal court personnel in the Pacific Northwest, provide role models and mentors in the legal profession for Native people, particularly Native youth and law students, and encourage and promote pro bono legal work and civic involvement that benefits Native people on reservations and in urban areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.
NIBA and its sister group, the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section, have raised money and gifted tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to aspiring Native lawyers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
“In addition to serving as a professional organization to Indian lawyers, NIBA operates two core programs – the Indian Legal Scholars program and the Urban Indian Legal Clinics,” according to Bob. “The Indian Legal Scholars program is a scholarship program where eligible tribal-member law students can obtain scholarship funding to support the bar exam process and law school expenses. To date, NIBA has funded more than $120,000 through the Indian Legal Scholars Program.
“The Urban Indian Legal Clinic is a free legal services clinic offered in Seattle and Tacoma, as of 2012, where volunteer lawyers provide assistance to tribal members who are living in urban settings and may not be able to access the types of assistance available in their reservation communities. The Urban Indian Legal Clinics have successfully partnered with social service providers, established civil legal aid programs and volunteer lawyers programs and the criminal defense communities.”
T: Fawn Sharp, Quinault Indian Nation, Distinguished Alumni Merit Award, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Indian Health Service, National Intertribal Tax Alliance, U.S. Department of Justice, National Indian Gaming Association,
MD: Fawn Sharp, president of the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington and of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, was presented the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Merit Award, October 18 from the Gonzaga University Alumni Association.
MK: Fawn Sharp, Quinault Indian Nation, Distinguished Alumni Merit Award, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Indian Health Service, National Intertribal Tax Alliance, U.S. Department of Justice, National Indian Gaming Association.