Heather Whiteman Runs Him, Apasaalooke

Heather Whiteman Runs Him, Apasaalooke

Heather Whiteman Runs Him is a citizen of the Crow (Apsaalooke) Nation. She currently serves as Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic and Professor of Practice at the Rogers School of Law at University of Arizona in Tucson.  Heather previously worked as a senior staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado, focusing on tribal water rights, natural resource and sacred site protection, and international legal advocacy on the rights of indigenous peoples.  Prior to working at NARF, Heather served as Joint Lead Counsel for the Crow Tribe of Montana, where she oversaw a wide variety of legal issues and worked to secure federal and tribal ratification of the Crow Water Rights Settlement.  Before working with the Crow Tribe, Heather practiced in New Mexico as an Assistant Public Defender, and additionally worked as an associate attorney in private practice, serving tribal governmental clients on a wide variety of issues.

Heather received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.  She received her B.A.F.A. with high honors in Art History, and with honors in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and her A.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is admitted to practice before the state bar of New Mexico, and several federal trial and appellate courts. 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Saagiluk Hensley, Inqpiaq

Elizabeth Saagiluk Hensley, Inupiaq

Saagulik focuses her practice on meeting the unique legal needs of Alaska Native tribes, tribal nonprofit health and social service organizations, and corporations. She assists in the perpetuation of Alaska Native decision-making over fundamental aspects of contemporary life, such as child welfare and harvest of natural resources.  She maintains a general counsel practice providing advice in contract strategy, negotiation and enforcement; employment law; investigations and compliance; grants management; conflicts of interest and other ethics standards; and governance. Saagulik has been active in Alaska and Native American affairs for many years. Her experience includes working as a legislative aide with the Alaska State Legislature, as a staff attorney and public policy liaison with an Alaska Native (ANSCA) regional corporation, and as general counsel for a 600-employee regional tribal nonprofit corporation. She served as senior policy advisor at the United States Department of the Interior Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and has provided international human rights law support to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through coursework and a fellowship.
 
Saagulik is a mother of two, auntie to many, an Inupiaq language learner, and when she isn’t working you can find her on the land and water, making music, running cross-country, and practicing martial arts with her kids.