Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Welcome! The Stanford Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) raises awareness of Indian Law issues, provides mentorship, and builds affinity within the larger Native community. NALSA welcomes all members of the Stanford University community. We aim to foster an environment of openness and thoughtful debate surrounding issues of concern to Indian country, where all opinions and perspectives are treated with respect.
If you are considering Stanford Law School and want to learn more about NALSA, please reach out to any member of our executive board. Stanford Law is special and we would love to share with you why!
We raise awareness by hosting speakers, organizing classes and seminars, and broaching concerns during administrative decision-making.
NALSA relationships last a lifetime. Members participate in an annual retreat, “talking circles,” potlucks, and the annual Stanford Pow Wow and alumni weekend.
Alumni and older students share their insight into study methods, class selection, employment opportunities, and clerkships.
Promised Land Screening for Native Heritage Month
For our first event for Native Heritage Month, NALSA hosted a screening of Promised Land. Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the pacific Northwest, the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty. Pictured: NALSA co-presidents with Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe, Tony Johnson of the Chinook Indian Nation, and directors Vasant and Sarah Salcedo.
NALSA Panel at Shaking the Foundations
NALSA is hosting a panel for Shaking the Foundations, Stanford Law’s annual progressive lawyering conference. The panel will discuss how indigenous communities protect their sacred and culturally-vital natural resources within an Anglo legal system that may not acknowledge the rights of these spaces. We’re proud to have indigenous attorneys on the panel from both California and New Zealand to discuss their experiences advocating for the rivers, salmon, and other resources of their people in a foreign legal system.
Saturday, November 4, 3:30-4:45 PMBuy Tickets Here
2016-2017 Year In Review
NALSA hosted some incredible events last year, some of which are highlighted here. Clockwise: NALSA members at a pro bono service trip with the Yurok Tribe during spring break, NALSA Co-Presidents made the Sweet 16 at the 25th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition at UCLA, NALSA members in Monterey during a student retreat, NALSA students with the Honorable Hilary Tompkins (’96) former Solicitor of the Department of the Interior and member of the Navajo Nation.