WELCOME TO THE
NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN BAR
~ CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SERVICE ~ 1973-2013
2013 Annual Meeting
L to R: Robert Saunooke, Director; Gabe Galanda, Director; Linda Benally, President-Elect; Mary Smith, President; Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Immediate Past President; Lawrence Baca, Treasurer; Thomas Weathers, Secretary; Doug Nash, Director; and John Echo Hawk
We are pleased to announce the launching of the COLLABORATIVE BAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (the CBLA OR Leadership Academy), a joint initiative of the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and the National Native American Bar Association.
The Mission of NNABA
Representing Indian Nations not just Indian Lawyers. NNABA shares many of the same goals of diversity and increased understanding of our communities’ unique cultural and legal issues with minority bar associations. However, most of our lawyers are both U.S. citizens and citizens of their respective Tribal nations. Our members, therefore, also share the communal responsibility, either directly or indirectly, of protecting the governmental sovereignty of the more than 560 independent Native American Tribal governments in the United States.
History of the Formation of NNABA. The National Native American Bar Association began in 1973 as the American Indian Lawyers Association. After a few name changes (American Indian Bar Association to Native American Bar Association), in 1980 we reorganized and developed a chapter system for state Indian bar associations, and we became the National Native American Bar Association. Each of the Chapters has a vote on the NNABA Board of Directors. As the name Native American implies, NNABA represents the interests of all populations indigenous to the lands which are now collectively the United States : American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
- Arizona Native American Bar Association
- California Indian Law Association
- Colorado Indian Bar Association
- Native American Bar Association of D.C
- Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
- New Mexico Indian Bar Association
- New York Native American Bar Association
- Northwest Indian Bar Association
- Oklahoma Indian Bar Association