Ferguson-Bohnee named President of Native American Bar Association

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
, Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, was elected President of the National Native American Bar Association and will serve from 2011 until 2013.

The Association works to protect the sovereignty of more than 560 Native American Tribal governments in the United States by representing the interests of all indigenous populations.

Ferguson-Bohnee, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe, came into the position after serving at the President-Elect from 2009-2011.

Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition. She has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights’ issues.

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