Heather is a senior staff attorney in the Anchorage, Alaska office. A lawyer, teacher, and mentor, her legal experience includes cases involving subsistence, tribal sovereignty, human rights, and taxation.
In 2001, Heather was instrumental in winning the Katie John subsistence hunting and fishing rights case. She has worked with other Alaska Native communities like the Native Village of Venetie, the Native Village of Kluti Kaah, the Native Village of Barrow, and the Nome Eskimo community.
Prior to joining NARF, Heather worked with Sonosky, Chambers, Sasche & Miller in Anchorage, Alaska and Washington, DC. doing legislative research and writing memoranda for litigation. From 1992 to 1994, Heather was a Skadden Fellow where she worked as a staff attorney for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation representing indigent clients in court and in administrative hearings. During the second year of her fellowship she worked for NARF as a research attorney assisting in trial preparation for tribal status, among other cases. At the completion of her Skadden Fellowship, Heather was hired by NARF.
Her civic activities include serving on the Honoring Nations Advisory Board of the Ford Foundation and a board member of the Alaska Conservation Foundation. She is former chair of the Indian Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association (1996-1997) and she also served on the Alaska Supreme Court Committee on Fairness and Access to the Judicial System (1997).
Heather is Athabascan. She received a history degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska (1988). She received her M.A. J.D. from Harvard University Law School (1991).
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