Michael Smith

Member, Board of Directors at Native American Rights Fund

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Member, Board of Directors at Native American Rights Fund

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Michael Smith, Chickasaw Nation, serves as Court Advocate for the Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court and is a District Judge for the Sac and Fox Nation. He has a law practice in Norman, OK, with a general practice that concentrates in social security disability law, Indian law, criminal law and family law. In his court advocate capacity, he practices in areas of guardianship, juvenile matters, domestic matters, family law, and adoption. He also does consulting work on issues of tribal sovereignty, tribal courts, and commercial real estate. Judge Smith is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School teaching Tribal Courts and has been adjunct professor in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma teaching Tribal Sovereignty. He has made presentations to bar associations and conferences nationwide. He joined the faculty at the National Judicial College in 2010. In 2012, Judge Smith traveled to Columbia University Law School to present and serve on a panel for colloquial on integrating Indian law into the courses at Rutgers, Columbia University, and Yale. Also in 2012, he presented Peacemaking and Native issues to students and faculty of Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO. Judge Smith assisted the Mohegan Nation with incorporating peacemaking into their court system and facilitated the Red Hook, NJ, court system’s use of peacemaking. Most recently, Judge Smith was a member of a Native American Law Student Association panel for the Federal Bar.

(Spring 2015 – Spring 2021)

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Vice Chairman at Native American Rights Fund

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Treasurer & Director at Native American Rights Fund

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Sealaska Corp.

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Vice Chairman at Native American Rights Fund

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Chairman at Native American Rights Fund

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Board Member at Native American Rights Fund

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Board Member at Native American Rights Fund

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Board Member at Native American Rights Fund

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Native American Rights Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals. It focuses on preserving tribal existence, protecting tribal natural resources, and promoting Native American human rights. The company was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Boulder, CO.

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