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Angelique W. EagleWoman


Professor Angelique W. EagleWoman, (Wambdi A. Was’teWinyan), is a law professor, legal scholar, Chief Justice on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Supreme Court, and has served as a pro tempore Tribal Judge in several other Tribal Court systems. As a practicing lawyer, one of the highlights of her career was to serve as General Counsel for her own Tribe, the


Sisseton-Wahpeton (Dakota) Oyate.  She is a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton (Dakota) Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and has Rosebud Lakota heritage. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science, received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law with distinction, and her L.L.M. in American Indian and Indigenous Law with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law.  As a law professor, she has taught in the areas of Aboriginal Legal Issues, Indigenous Legal Traditions, Tribal Nation Economics & Law, Native American Law, Native American Natural Resources Law, Tribal Code Drafting Clinic, Contracts, The Business of Law, and Civil Procedure.  Angelique presents and publishes on topics involving tribal-based economics, Indigenous sovereignty, international Indigenous principles, and the quality of life for Indigenous peoples.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards in legal academia and has been a frequent speaker on issues of diversity, inclusion, and professionalism in legal and academic fora.  As a law professor at the University of Idaho College of Law, she established the Native American Law Emphasis program and graduated thirty-three law students over seven years. She also formerly served as the dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and was the first Indigenous law dean in Canada.  Professor EagleWoman is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and the U.S.  She is currently a professor and Director of the Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Fun facts: Professor EagleWoman’s favorite color is yellow, she shares her birthday with her son, Maverick, and has a chihuahua/corgie mix dog, named Sunka (pron. Shoon-kah) (which means “dog” in the Dakota language).

Current position

Director Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute

Mitchell Hamline School of Law here

Faculty Profile here

Faculty News here

Mitchell Hamline professor Angelique EagleWoman

sworn in as Chief Justice of the SWO Supreme Court here

Minnesota American Indian Bar Association

Board Member here 

C0-Chair, Student Relations Committee here 


American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

Executive Committee, Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section here

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