Racheal M. White Hawk
525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Practice Areas

Admissions: Arizona ; California ; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Languages: Mandarin, Chinese

Professional Summary

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

News Coverage


  • “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.