September Graduate

John-Richard Peterson

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
AIGC Fellowship

Marquette University School of Law
GPA 3.2

Community Service

  • American Indian Arts Council, Inc. – Volunteer
  • Obama/Biden Presidential Campaign – Volunteer. Dallas, TX Headquarters
  • Dallas Urban Intertribal Center – Volunteer. City of Dallas Bachman Therapeutic Center – Program Volunteer
  • North Dallas Shared Ministries Food Pantry Volunteer
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity Philanthropy Chairman; Oklahoma State University Chapter
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity National Conference Representative, Las Vegas, NV
  • Visiting Nurses Association of North Texas Meals on Wheels Volunteer


I am a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  Because we are Native American, I was given a tribal name (Chaske’) by a family friend who was Yankton Sioux.  Chaske’ translates to the “older son” who is considered a leader of the family.  Because of this honorable name, I strive to do my best in school, at work, and in all aspects of my personal life.

Even though I and my sisters were raised in an urban area, my mother and her family are deeply rooted in Dallas. They have always been actively involved in local Native American organizations to meet the needs of our community, economically, culturally, and spiritually.  For example, I literally grew up involved in the American Indian Arts Council of Dallas.  My mother and uncle founded the Arts Council which provided cultural programs and activities, scholarships, established the Native American Art Gallery and Center, and served as a community resource for the people of Dallas for more than twenty years. Our community shared with the people of Texas, the very best of our art, our culture, and our heritage.  I thank my mother for working so hard to make this possible and being a role model who believed in the importance of community service to sustain our cultural and tribal identities within an urban setting.

Currently, I am a second semester law student pursuing a lifelong dream, a J.D. in Sports Law, at Marquette University School of Law. It is my personal career goal to utilize my J.D. credentials to gain experience in the industry of sports law and then transition into public service for the Choctaw Nation.  This advanced degree will provide opportunities to lead a productive, meaningful and impactful life in the private sector and in public service to my tribe.