Nazune Menka joined Berkeley Law to serve as the Tribal Cultural Resources Project Policy Fellow in September 2020 which is conducting outreach to California Indigenous communities to assess how the Project can support them as they exercise their sovereignty, and build their capacities to advocate for the preservation, protection, and repatriation of sacred sites, homelands, ancestral remains, and cultural heritage. The Project is supported by a grant from the Native American Heritage Commission and is working with the Pro Bono Program at the Law School to engage pro bono law students in the Project.
Born and raised in Alaska, Nazune is Koyukon Athabascan and Lumbee. She holds a J.D. from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers School of Law with a Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program and serves as Of Counsel at Rosette, LLP a national law firm serving Indian Country. Before completing law school Nazune completed a M.S. in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Arizona where she researched the impacts of pollutants at abandoned mining sites at Stanford’s particle accelerator. She has worked on policy issues at the Alaska State Governor’s office, the Hawai’i State Legislature, and has completed various intern and management programs at the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the House Committee on Natural Resources. Other areas of interest include Indigenous human rights, Indigenous ways of knowing, and environmental management. Her undergraduate degree is in Public Relations from North Carolina State University.
Nazune also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Water Protector Legal Collective and for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
J.D., University of Arizona, James E. Rogers School of Law