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Christopher Chaney, J.D.

Program Committee, Lecturer

Citizen of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation in Oklahoma

Chaney earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Utah and New Mexico, in the courts of the Navajo Nation, and before the United States Supreme Court. His NAS class, “Introduction to Federal Indian Law,” helps students understand the complex legal relationships between the three branches of federal government and the 574 federally-recognized tribes in the U.S., including elements of contemporary law rooted in historic nation-to-nation treaties. Chaney also teaches “Environmental Justice in Indian Country” and “Criminal Justice in Indian Country.” He has over 25 years of federal Indian law experience and has served as: Prosecuting Attorney for the Jicarilla Apache Nation; Assistant U.S. Attorney (serving the Navajo Nation, the Uintah & Ouray Ute Tribe, and other tribes located in Utah); Assistant Solicitor for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior; and numerous other positions. He currently serves as Senior Counsel for Law Enforcement and Information Sharing in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Tribal Justice