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I believe that I have been called to the legal profession as a way of “doing justice.” I know that what I do has a lifetime impact on children and those who love and care for them. At the end of each day, I can tell my own children that I have done something worthwhile. I am fortunate and blessed to practice law.
I have been a life-long advocate for children’s rights as a private practice attorney, the founding director of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, and attorney for guardians ad litem. I have significant courtroom experience throughout Minnesota, including the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. I have litigated Indian Child Welfare cases in the United States Supreme Court and in numerous state and federal courts around the United States.
I am a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I was one of twenty Americans awarded a Kellogg International Leadership Fellowship. I am a 2013 Minnesota “Attorney of the Year.”