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Native American Lawyer, Little Fawn Boland

By Gale Courey Toensing February 17, 2011

Little Fawn Boland

When Little Fawn Boland was a child growing up in Nevada, she earned a black belt in tae kwon do, and she believes that providing her with martial arts training was one of the best things her parents ever did for her. “I think being in martial arts as a kid is such a good thing. It teaches discipline and respect for your elders, and never to miss your training or your tests. I think it was a very good foundation for my studies.” Boland knows plenty about discipline and training and taking tests: Just six years ago she earned her law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco, one of the top law schools in the country.

Boland, 35, already has her own law firm in San Francisco, and she has just joined the Academy of Tribal & Local Government (ATLG) as an educator. Although she is not recommending tae kwon do for everyone, she does hope that more Native Americans will follow her academic path and study law. “I really hope that we have more Native American attorneys,” said Boland, who is a member of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “I think it’s really important that Native people get more education so we can be our own attorneys. A lot of outsiders have come in to help tribes and while that’s really wonderful, it can also lead to disastrous results, and I hope we can have more Natives on every level going back and helping our communities.”
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