The Harvard Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Native American students at Harvard Law School, and is composed of Native American law students and students interested in issues affecting the Native community. NALSA first and foremost strives to provide a support system for indigenous law students by providing academic support and opportunities as well as social events. NALSA also works to promote campus discourse on Federal Indian and tribal law issues, support student and faculty inquiry into these areas of law, and recruit Native students to HLS.

The year 2017-2018, was an exciting one for us. Our events included:

  • A series of dinners/lunch talks with leaders in the field of Native legal issues, including Professor Joseph Singer (Harvard Law School), Professor Robert Anderson (University of Washington), and Charlie Galbraith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP.
  • Co-sponsoring events featuring Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson Raybould; the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation, Ethel Branch; and Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice, Gina Allery.
  • Attendance of the Indian Nations and the Law 2017 Conference, featuring speakers such as: Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian; Kevin Washburn, former Secretary of Indian Affairs; and John Echohawk, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund
  • Participation in the 23rd Annual Harvard Powwow!
  • A trip to the Federal Native American Bar Association Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Admitted Students dinners and various other social events.

If you have any questions about NALSA, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at nalsa@mail.law.harvard.edu. We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Chance Fletcher and Connor Veneski
2019 – 2020 Harvard NALSA Executive Board