Admitted to Arizona Bar (2008); Admitted to Ak-Chin Indian Community Court (2009) (inactive); Admitted to Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court (2011) (inactive); Admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (2012)
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Arizona State University, College of Law, LL.M. (Tribal Policy, Law, and Government), graduated with High Pro Bono Distinction, 2009
Arizona State University, College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
Colby College, B.A. in Anthropology, magna cum laude, 2004
Named Willard H. Pedrick Scholar. Recipient of multiple CALI Awards for excellence achieved by law students in their studies in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Cultural Resources Law, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Law and the Arts.
Co-Author, Tribally-Driven Participatory Research: State of the practice and potential strategies for the future, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, University of Nevada (Fall 2009).
Vanessa Minteer has extensive experience working in the field of Indian law. Her practice areas include cultural resource protection and repatriation, land use planning and fee-to-trust, governance, education, treaty rights and commercial litigation.
Ms. Minteer has substantial litigation background representing tribal governments in various state, federal and tribal courts. This includes considerable expertise in motion practice. She has also worked effectively with local, state and federal agencies, without the use of litigation, to advance the interests of her tribal clients. Ms. Minteer has drafted federal legislation for tribes, prepared tribal codes and ordinances, and assisted in the submission of oral and written testimony to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Vanessa Minteer obtained specialized training in the field of Indian law, having received not only a J.D. with a concentration in this area but also a Master of Laws in Tribal Policy, Law and Government from Arizona State University’s Indian Legal Program. Her comprehensive knowledge and dedication to the field of Indian law make Ms. Minteer uniquely poised to assist tribal clients in achieving their legal goals.
Ms. Minteer is a member of the American Bar Association and the Native American Bar Association of Arizona.