January Graduate

Kathleen GarganKathleen Gargan

Portland, Oregon
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
AIGC Fellowship

Lewis & Clark Law School
Law – Juris Doctor
GPA 3.2

Community Service

  • President, Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) of Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Board member, Community Leadership Council of Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)


I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Portland Community College and Portland State University before going to law school. Growing up, my family visited our relatives on the Rosebud Reservation when we could, and as an adult I try to make it back to visit my dad, stepmom, and other family there once a year. While at Portland State University I coordinated United Indigenous Students in Higher Education, where we worked to provide a community and home base for Native American students and planned events including the annual Naimuma Powwow. As a law student, I try to build that same sense of community among my fellow Native American law students and hold events focusing on Indian law.

Maintaining family and cultural connections has been very influential in guiding the professional path I chose to take. After graduating from college I worked on federal tribal policy for a local member of Congress, and now in law school I have a focus in Indian law. I have had opportunities to work for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as well as directly for tribes, and hope to spend my career as a legal advocate for tribes. I feel most passionate about working on issues involving tribal sovereignty and self-determination and deeply appreciate the opportunities that AIGC has helped give me in furthering those goals.