Association gifts more than $100,000 to Native law students

Richard Walker, Today correspondent

SEATTLE – The NorthWest Indian Bar Association gave $16,000 in scholarships to several Native law students, bringing the total of scholarship funds awarded to more than $100,000 since 2003.

Scholarship funds are raised and distributed through the Indian Legal Scholars Program, a joint venture of the NorthWest Indian Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section. Major contributors include Chehalis, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip tribes.

Thirteen law students received scholarships in 2008.

From Arizona State University: Khia Grinnell, Jamestown S’Klallam/Lummi and Suzanne Trujillo, Laguna Pueblo.

From Gonzaga University: Jason Campbell, Gros Ventre and Tara Dowd, Inupiaq.

From Lewis & Clark College: Malcolm Begay, Navajo; Maiya LaMar, Tule River/Yokut and Michelle Watchman, Tlingit/Navajo.

From the University of Idaho: Dylan Hedden-Nicely, Cherokee.

From University of Washington: Peter C. Boome, Upper Skagit; Aurora Lehr, Native Hawaiian; Saza Osawa, Makah and Amber Vision-Seeker Penn-Roco, Chehalis.

From Washington University: Anthony Jones, Port Gamble S’Klallam.

Past scholarship recipients now serve as officers of NIBA including Lael Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, a reservation attorney for the Tulalip Tribes; Michael Douglas, Haida, an associate with the law firm Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson LLP, in Anchorage; Brooke Pinkham, Nez Perce, an attorney with the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle; and Marvin Beauvais Navajo/Crow, a reservation attorney with the Quinault Nation.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at

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