2018 FBA Baca Award Winners

Written by: Matthew Fletcher

Primary Source : Turtle Talk, March 28, 2018

Eric Eberhard and Heather Kendall-Miller Honored With 2018 Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law

The Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section is proud to announce that Professor Eric Eberhard and Heather Kendall-Miller are the 2018 recipients of the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law.Archival photos of Eric, at DNA Legal Services in the 1970s

Eric and Heather will be honored at two luncheons on April 5 and 6, 2018, respectively, at the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Conference on Federal Indian Law at the Talking Stick Resort, on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale, Arizona.

Eric has advocated for American Indian rights for over 45 years.  Having started his tribal legal career at DNA Legal Services in Window Rock, Arizona in 1973, he went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation’s Washington, DC office; Staff Director and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Chair of Dorsey & Whitney’s Indian and Gaming Law Practice Group; and now Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Law.

Heather (Athabascan) has advocated for Alaska Native rights for over 25 years.  After clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court and working as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney for the Alaska Service Corporation, she joined the Native American Rights Fund, where she has worked since 1994.  She argued Alaska v. Native Village of Venetie before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1998.  Heather received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Heather, with Billy Frank“Congratulations to two exceptional attorneys for their lifetime commitment to the development of Federal Indian Law,” said Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section Chair Tracy Toulou. “We look forward to honoring them.”


Note: Archival photos of Eric, at DNA Legal Services in the 1970s, and Heather, with Billy Frank, attached



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Matthew Fletcher
Matthew L.M. Fletcher is Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He is the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan. In 2010, Professor Fletcher was elected to the American Law Institute.