Jeanette Wolfley brings vision and values rooted in America's Native American people
Jeanette WolfleyJeanette Wolfley lives and breathes the importance of strong relationships between America's tribal governments and the US and state governments.Wolfley became active in the election this year because of the need for greater understanding and respect for tribal sovereignty in this country.That commitment is not just a policy position.To Wolfley, it is a moral obligation we all have to ensure fair and equal representation in Washington.Wolfley is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe.As she saw many members of her tribe energized by this historic election, they encouraged Wolfley to answer the call to run for National delegate.They looked to her to be their voice.
Wolfley is also an attorney.She knows what it means to be the voice for her people in the courtroom.She has practiced law for 26 years has worked hard representing tribal issues in Idaho, often against some tough and entrenched prejudices.Jeanette has also been at the forefront of helping to build a grassroots community of tribal members who are finding their own voices and becoming active in shaping public policy.For example, Wolfley worked on behalf of the tribes to ensure the language provisions of the Voting Rights Act were fully protected.She fought to make sure that Native American language speakers have access to information about candidates and issues and that polling stations have a native speakers.These acts are critical to ensure equal representation of Native Americans throughout the state in the most fundamental act of citizenship: voting.Wolfley believes that the she can play a role in helping to bring long-needed change to the White House.It is clear to Wolfley that Democrats understand the unique political status of America's Indian Tribes.Democrats value sovereignty and are more responsive to issues facing Native Americans.Democrats will be more effective in integrating those issues into the national priorities.Republicans have too often ignored tribal sovereignty and excluded Native Americans from the state and federal decision making.But Wolfley does not take change for granted.She is committed to being a full participant, of being a role model for other Indian peoples in Idaho and across the country.In Denver, Wolfley will connect with representatives from tribes all across America who have also been elected as national delegates.
Jeanette Wolfley, Esq., Assistant Professor of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM
Jeanette Wolfley recently joined the University of New Mexico Law School as an Assistant Professor teaching federal Indian law, Tribal water rights, and Tribal Natural and Cultural Resources courses.Prior to joining the School of Law faculty, Ms. Wolfley practiced law for over 30 years representing exclusively Tribal clients` interests in a wide variety of matters, litigation, of federal Indian law issues, tribal law, water law adjudications and implementations of water settlement agreement, environmental-land use regulation, hunting and fishing rights, jurisdictional conflicts, gaming law, employment rights, and natural cultural resource protection.She has provided representation before federal, tribal and state courts, before Congress, state legislatures and federal administrative agencies.
Professor Wolfley served as General Counsel for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes from 1988 to 1996.Prior to her general counsel work she worked with the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado where she served as Staff Attorney and Deputy Director for six years, 1982 - 1988.
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Jeanette Wolfley, special counsel for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, said the group of landowners signed the paper agreeing, with a few minor changes in wording, to have the Idaho Congressional Delegation introduce legislation that will settle the concerns of both sides.
Although the fee land owners said during a meeting in 2007 the matter could be settled by agreeing to make a trade of the land that went to the south side of the river for land that came to the north side, they were informed by Wolfley that wasn't possible because some of the trust land was owned by the Tribes, requiring an act of Congress for a swap.
Debbie Ho from Washington, D.C., said at Thursday's meeting she and Wilson Pipestem were hired by the Tribes to lobby the Idaho Congressional Delegation to support the settlement.
Ho said they had met with the delegation, and they're willing to introduce the legislation once agreement by all parties is reached.
Ho said she got the impression from Sen.
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