Carla Fredericks: Advocate and Legal Counsel for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Carla Fredericks: Advocate and Legal Counsel for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Carla Fredericks' devotion to the rights of Native American communities and her love of the law run very deep. At that intersection that you'll find her working tirelessly on behalf of so many causes that affect native peoples. An enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Carla's work is the culmination of a lifetime spent in two worlds, her insight proving invaluable in the ambitious cases she and her team take on. 

WD: What is the biggest challenge in your personal life?

CF: Time

WD: What is your biggest challenge professionally?

CF: Being a woman of color

WD: What is your favorite part of the day?

CF: Dinner with family

WD: What is your biggest source of stress?

CF: Fighting the man

WD: Was there a defining moment that set you on your current path? What?

CF: Deciding in law school to just be myself and let go of other peoples expectations

WD: What do you want more of in your life?

CF: Laughter, there's never enough

WD: Who are the women who are most inspiring to you?

CF: Gloria Steinem, Rebecca Adamson, and Jodi Gillette

WD: What did you want to be as a child when you grew up?

CF: A lawyer

WD: Who were your female role models growing up?

CF: Barbie?

WD: What is the best advice you've ever gotten?

CF: Never give up

To learn more about Carla's work, visit the American Indian Law Program site or learn more about the First Peoples Investment Engagement Program

 

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