The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) was founded in 1989 to foster academic support for Native American students and others interested in American Indian Legal issues.
NALSA provides an informational and support network for students interested in indigenous legal and cultural issues. NALSA seeks to increase awareness of Indian issues, viewpoints, culture and societies. In addition to providing support and help to Native American law students, NALSA has focused on increasing Indian recruitment in response to the historically low Indian enrollment at law schools. NALSA works with the Office of Admissions to build a vital and diverse Native American student body.
NALSA sponsors several educational and social events annually. These include cultural events, speaker presentations, and a potluck dinner. NALSA has worked with other student groups to sponsor cultural events and to foster a dialogue enhancing student faculty appreciation for the voices of diverse groups. For example, NALSA was the host of the 2003 and 2011 National NALSA Moot Court Competitions and the 2008 National NALSA Writing Competition. NALSA played a central role in the 1993 presentation of the Pueblo Jemez Repatriation Project. This involved the largest repatriation in United States history of sacred Indian objects. The tribal delegation honored us by speaking about the repatriation process along with museum officials and well-known community leaders. Members of NALSA attend the Annual Federal Indian Bar Conference conducted each spring in Albuquerque and attend the mid-year D.C. Indian Conference. Some NALSA members participate in the Human Rights Program and receive grants to work in their respective native communities or other indigenous communities during the summer.