June 2018 Graduate

Darrah Blackwater

Home Town: Farmington, NM
Tribe: Navajo
Scholarship: AIGC Fellowship
School: University of Arizona
Program: Law
GPA: 3.5

I am from Farmington, NM and I am currently in my first year of law school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I am pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree with an emphasis on tribal law. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I then moved to New Braunfels, TX, where I worked as a tennis professional. In 2014 I went to Zhongshan, China for a tennis professional job. There, I found New Day Foster Home for children with disabilities. After five months of living in China, I decided to walk from Zhongshan to Beijing- a 1,400 mile journey- in order to raise money for New Day Foster Home. I walked with another woman, Ann, who also had a heart for those with disabilities. We completed our journey in June of 2015 in Tiananmen Square. After this journey I came back to America and worked on various grant-funded programs on the Navajo Reservation. I worked as a teen outreach leader, a nutrition educator, a tennis teacher, and an Americorps member. After a year in this role I moved back to Durango, Colorado to work as the administrator of a home care company that cared for senior citizens in the community. I grew a lot in this role and became inspired to apply to law school to further my education. I started my first semester of law school August, 2017. I play on the University of Arizona club tennis team, I am a research assistant for a James E. Rogers College of Law professor, and I am assisting with the planning of a Native trade conference which will take place this semester.