Bishop Paiute Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock/Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)
University of New Mexico School of Law
Juris Doctor Candidate
Hometown: Payahuunadu (Bishop, CA)
“At the Leadership Summit and NAFOA conference, I hope to learn about what Tribal Nations are currently involved in to generate revenue and encourage self-governance. My ultimate goal is to empower the Bishop Paiute Tribe to exert as much sovereignty to protect the health and well-being of my community as a whole.”
Raquel is Shoshone-Bannock, Native Hawaiian, and an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Redlands and is currently a third-year Juris Doctor (JD) candidate at the University of New Mexico School of Law anticipating graduation in May 2020. This Fall semester, she is engaged as a student clinician gaining legal experience in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic at UNMSOL. After her first year of law school, Raquel had the opportunity to serve as a summer law clerk with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation where she gained familiarity with probate law and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. She has worked with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition since the start of her second year of law school and has strong interests in the formation and establishment of tribal judicial systems as well as water rights particularly in the Payahuunadü, or Owens Valley, of California, from which she hails. Raquel ultimately aspires to work with tribal nations in advancing their notions and bounds of tribal sovereignty.