Prior to joining the firm, Heather was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota's Indian Country Section. There, she was an Indian Country Federal Prosecutor on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Heather covered violent sex crimes and violence against women.
Heather is widely recognized for her work while serving as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the nation’s oldest and largest inter-tribal organization.
Heather is the Past President of both the South Dakota Indian Country Bar Association and the National Native American Bar Association. Heather is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Recognition & Leadership
Awards & Accolades
•Team Member, 2016 Hot List: Indian Law Practitioners, Indian Country Today, Summer, 2016
•Selected, 5280 s Top Lawyers, Native American Law, 2015, 2016
(Also at Denver, CO Office)
Professional & Community Involvement
•Co-Founder and Past President, South Dakota Indian Country Bar Association, 2011-Present
•Board Member, Cheyenne River Youth Project, Advisory Board, 2001-Present
•Founder, Lakota Language Classroom Preschool Program, 2013-Present
•Member, Native American Federal Judicial Nomination Committee, 2009-2011
•Creator and National Coordinator, Native Vote Election Protection (2004, 2006, 2008), 2004-2010
•President, National Native American Bar Association, 2007-2009
•Deputy Chair, Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section, 2006-2008