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Posted: November 12, 2020

JASMINE YEPA, Policy Analyst - Native American Budget and Policy Institute

TITLE: Yazzie / Martinez Decision Then and Now SYNOPSIS OF PRESENTATION: An overview of the Yazzie/Martinez vs. The State of New Mexico education lawsuit with updates from the most recent court activity, grassroots efforts and movement in Indian education advocacy.

INDIGENOUS LEARNING A SPIRITUAL WALK LECTURE SERIES November 16, 2020 Via Zoom, 5:30pm – 7pm Meeting ID: 916 3352 0500 / Passcode: 5GDnFu

Jasmine Yepa (Jemez) is a tribal member of the Pueblo of Jemez located in north central New Mexico. Ms. Yepa has numerous years of experience working in tribal communities and first became interested in Native American policy and tribal law at a young age. She is an alumni of the Leadership Institute’s intensive policy program for Native youth, where she was nominated to attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as a youth representative in 2009. In 2013, Ms. Yepa received a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Mount Holyoke College located in western Massachusetts. She subsequently received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in May 2018. During law school, Ms. Yepa clerked for her tribal court and worked on criminal law, property law, family law and children’s law within the context of Pueblo culture and tradition. Also during law school, Ms. Yepa interned with New Mexico Legal Aid’s Indian Law Program.