Beth Margaret Wright re-joined the NARF team as a staff attorney in 2022, having previously served as a NARF summer law clerk. Throughout her education and career, Beth has focused on advancing Indian Country’s next generation. Her work is inspired by a desire to uplift Indigenous joy, strength, and success. At NARF, she devotes much of her attention to Indian Boarding School healing, history, and policy, but she also tackles issues related to Indian child welfare and Indigenous methods for dispute resolution (through the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative).
Beth’s dedication to the Native American community extends beyond her work at NARF. She is an avid runner who feels that running is what keeps her closest to her Indigenous heritage. She is a repeat Boston Marathon finisher, and told Indian Country Today:
It was important for me as an Indigenous runner to run the marathon on Indigenous Peoples’ Day to show people that Indigenous people are still here. We’re not just people from the past, but we exist in the present as runners, teachers, lawyers, activists, business owners, etc., and we’re using our traditional knowledge in our day-to-day lives to uplift our communities, keep our communities healthy, and fight for our legal right to live on the lands we have always inhabited.
- Pueblo of Laguna
- Syracuse University, B.A., Economics
- University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D.
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