Seven Generations Awards Dinner & Silent Auction


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2018 Student Scholarship Recipients:

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
Christina Andrews
Jessie Big Knife
Mariah Blackbird
Brendan Clark
Sarah Crawford
Meredith Duarte
Brian Garcia
Aspen Miller
Rellani Ogumoro

James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Arizona

Matthew Ramirez
Marliza Rivera
Martie Simmons


Bar Leadership Institute
State Bar of Arizona

The Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) is a nine-month professional development program whose mission is to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers.

The BLI has three components:

  • Training and Education - Nine leadership training and legal practice education sessions beginning in September. May qualify for up to two years of CLE credit.
  • Community Service Project - The class prepares and executes a community service project. Time will be set aside during the sessions for completion of most of the project, but participants may need to communicate or meet outside of the sessions.
  • Service - Upon completion of the BLI, participants commit to one year of service in a State Bar section, committee or working group, or other professional association or community organization.


Alane Breland

Alane V. Breland is the Assistant Chief Prosecutor for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. In the past, she has served SRPMIC as the Interim Director of the Salt River Family Advocacy Center, as a Deputy Prosecutor, and as a Guardian ad Litem in the Salt River Legal Services Office.
Alane was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Arizona in 2007. She is a member of the Supreme Court of Arizona Committee on Character and Fitness and a graduate
of State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute.
Alane graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama Farrah School of Law. She sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the MISS Foundation, an international non-profit organization that provides support to grieving families following the death of a child, and on the Board of Directors for the Mockingbird Company Play Committee, which was formed by Harper Lee to continue the ritual of the performance of the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird in its dramatization on the stage.


Honorable Violet Lui-Frank

Violet is Native Hawaiian. Many people know her as Po, short for Pohakuku’i’ai, poi pounder. The poi pounder is the stone tool used to pound the cooked taro with water to make the ‘ai (food) that is a hawaiian staple, poi.

Po began her journey to law through work in Native Hawaiian organizations, including Aboriginal Lands of Hawaiian Ancestry or A.L.O.H.A., and Homerule. Po wanted then and wants now the restoration of the sovereignty of Kanaka Maoli, Native Hawaiians, in Hawaii. It is a work in progress.

Through these organizations Po worked with lawyers who had experience working with Native American people and their tribes. She thought that she could do what the lawyers did, and she enrolled in the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1975, graduating in 1978.

Po’s legal career includes several years with DNAPeople’s Legal Services, the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch, and the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. Po worked for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in various positions, most notably as Acting Chief Judge for five years. Po also served as pro tem Judge in various tribal courts in Arizona. From 1999 to early 2001, she served as Chief Magistrate and then Chief Judge in the San Carlos Apache Tribal Court. Since 2001 Po has served as a Judge of the Tohono O’odham Judicial Branch, with two brief periods of “trial” retirement.

Po is very grateful for the opportunity to work with and for the Tribal Nations and their members


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Past Awardees:


Kevin Gover
Lifetime Achievement

Kathlene Rosier
Member of the Year

Casey Family Programs,
Indian Child Welfare Program

Community Service


Robert N. Clinton
Lifetime Achievement

Diandra D. Benally
Member of the Year

Diane Enos
Community Service


William Quinn
Lifetime Achievement

Steve Heeley
Member of the Year

DNA People’s Legal Services


Honorable Ben Hanley
Lifetime Achievement

Jeff Harmon
Member of the Year

Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Community Service


Lawrence Huerta
Lifetime Achievement

Sonia Martinez
Member of the Year

John Lewis
Community Service


Honorable William C. Canby Jr.
Lifetime Achievement

Kerry Patterson
Member of the Year

Clinton M. Pattea
Community Service


Eric Dahlstrom
Lifetime Achievement

Denten Robinson
Member of the Year

James Anaya
Community Service


Louis Denetsosie
Lifetime Achievement

Linda Benally
Member of the Year

Peterson Zah
Community Service


Rod Lewis
Lifetime Achievement

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
Member of the Year

Our Mission:
Promoting the development of Indian attorneys while advancing and improving the practice of Indian law in Arizona.



P.O. Box 1732
Phoenix, AZ 85001