Eldena Bear Don't Walk
Adjunct Professor/Visiting Director, Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic
Professor Bear Don't Walk directs the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic as a Visiting Professor for the 2014/2015 academic year. She has co-taught Tribal Courts/Tribal Law and is often a guest lecturer on the Indian Child Welfare Act(ICWA), election issues, and other current legal issues facing Indian Country. She has presented numerous workshops on ICWA, Tribal Courts, judicial ethics and the development of tribal codes.
She began her legal career as a public defender for the State of Montana working on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation, which is a PL-280 reservation. Her private practice includes all aspects of Indian law.
As a second generation Indian lawyer and judge, Professor Bear Don't Walk has invested her career in bettering Indian Country. She is the Chief Justice of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Appellate Court. She sits as an Associate Appellate Justice for the Chippewa Cree Tribe. Professor Bear Don't Walk also sits as an associate appellate justice for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska on its inaugural appellate court panel and was the first female Chief Justice of the Crow Tribe. Professor Bear Don't Walk has sat pro tem as an administrative law judge for the Fort Belknap Indian Community and as an appellate justice and constitutional court justice for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. She has written over 60 appellate opinions.
Professor Bear Don't Walk is a member of the Crow Nation and a descendant of the Salish, Turtle Mountain and Little Shell people. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, a Masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate all from the University of Montana. She recently completed a Legal Masters (LLM) focusing on Indigenous People's Law and Policy at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law. Her areas of study were Critical Race Theory and International Indigenous Human Rights.
She is a member of the State Bar of Montana and currently, serves as Chair of the Indian Law Section.