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Racheal M. White Hawk is an associate in Procopio's Native American Law Practice Group. Racheal is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits and for all of the state courts of Arizona. She is an enrolled citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.
After graduating from law school, Racheal clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and she clerked for Chief Justice Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court.
While attending law school, Racheal focused her legal studies on Native American law, with an emphasis on gaming and business. In law school, she was a Sidley Fellow for the Indian Law Resource Center, researching tribal elections and tribal court jurisdiction. She also represented clients in Arizona tribal courts as a student attorney in the Indian Legal Clinic.
Before attending law school, Racheal completed a Fulbright research grant in Chengdu, China, studying sustainable economic development. She also worked for the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs prior to attending law school.
- Alan Matheson Service Award, recognizing a graduate for service to ASU law school, 2016
- Tipping the Scales, Best and Brightest Award for academic performance, leadership, and potential, 2016
- “Honorable mention” from the American College of Environmental Lawyers for excellence in a published student article on a noteworthy aspect of environmental law, 2016
- Willard H. Pedrick Scholar, for achieving high academic success, 2013-2016
- Gold ‘n Gavel Scholar, for contributions to ASU law school, 2015
- First Place Ross-Blakely Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research, 2015
- American Indian Law Center, Judicial Clerkship Program Committee, Co-Chair
- National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Judge
- Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Judge
- Future Inspired Native American Leaders Mentor - Past
- JD, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2016 (Editor in Chief – Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology)
- BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009
- “Majority of U.S. States, 75 Members of Congress, and More Than 30 Organizations File Amicus Briefs in Support of Native American Families and Children,” News Maven, December 16, 2019.
- Westney, Andrew. “Native Groups, Profs, States Champion ICWA to 5th Circ.,” Law360, December 13, 2019.
- Westney, Andrew. “Feds Say Indian Child Welfare Law Must Stand,” Law360, January 17, 2019.
- “Protecting ICWA Panel,” Seventeenth Annual March to Honor Lost Children, November 26, 2019.
- “Protecting ICWA: A Convening of Natives and Allies,” Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition, April 29, 2019.
- “The Indian Child Welfare Act,” Phoenix Indian Center Parenting in Two Worlds Class, November 23, 2015.
- “The Revised Regulations for Federal Recognition of Indian Tribes: An Analysis Under the Tunica-Biloxi Precedent,” National Congress of American Indians, October 18, 2015.
- “Federal Indian Law and Policy,” NAFOA Tribal Financial Manager Certificate Program, May 19, 2015.
- Co-author. “Cybersecurity, Sports Betting, Hemp, and Child Welfare: 2020 Indian Law Updates,” January 6, 2020.
- “Breaking News: Fifth Circuit Holds ICWA Constitutional, Rejecting Claims that it is Race-Based,” Blogging Circle, August 9, 2019.
- "Arizona Supreme Court Denies Tribal Sacred Site and Cultural Practices Protection, Equating Such Practices With a Weekend Hike,” Blogging Circle, December 13, 2018.
- “Federal District Court in Texas Defies Precedent, Holds ICWA Unconstitutional,” Blogging Circle, October 9, 2018.
- "Community-Scale Solar: Watt’s in It for Indian Country?" 40 Environs Envtl. Law & Pol'y J. 1, 2016.
- Comment, "A New Formula for Tribal Internet Gaming," 56 Jurimetrics J. 47, 2015.
- "Wilma Mankiller: Leader of a Nation," Native Daughters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014.
- "Lady of the Law," Native Daughters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014.
- "Law of the Land," Native Daughters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014.