Professor Deanna Hartley-Kelso, a native of Fort Worth, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is a partner in the Indian & Environmental Law Center in Tulsa. Professor Hartley-Kelso recently served as the Chickasaw Nation’s Attorney General and Administrator for the Division of Justice. Prior to serving in this capacity, she served as General Counsel for the Legal Division and was also the first Legislative Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Legislature. Her prior employment includes general corporate work as Associate Corporate Counsel for Color Tile, Inc. in Fort Worth and General Counsel for Marketing Investors Corp. in Dallas.
Professor Hartley-Kelso is licensed to practice law by the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma, as well as the tribal courts of the Chickasaw Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is a member of the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association, Native American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and a Fellow of The College of the State Bar of the State of Texas.
Hartley-Kelso is the Vice Chair of the Chickasaw Foundation Board of Trustees, a citizen appointee to the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, an adjunct professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and a previous volunteer for North Texas Legal Services-American Indian Law Project. She serves on numerous other boards and committees within the Chickasaw Nation and has represented the Chickasaw Nation at the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in Geneva, Switzerland. She earned a BA from the University of Texas and a JD from The University of Tulsa College of Law.
Courses Taught: Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country