A.A. in Mass Communication from Coastline Community College
B.A. in Law University of Arizona
J.D. from James E. Rogers College of Law at University of Arizona with certificate in Business Litigation and Transactional Business Law
State Bar of New Mexico
Federal District of New Mexico
Ute Indian Tribal Court
Donald is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy. Donald’s heritage and service instilled in him a belief in the core values of honor, courage, and commitment that form the foundation for his work as an attorney.
Donald grew up listening to the stories of his maternal grandmother in Oklahoma, but was eventually placed in the foster care system. Creating his own opportunities, Donald dropped out of high school to enter the Job Corps in Oklahoma. He later earned a GED and joined the U.S. Navy. During his service, Donald was called on to lead large and diverse groups of sailors and earned multiple personal awards and recognitions, including the Navy Commendation Medal. Before retiring from the Navy in 2014, he also earned an Associate’s Degree.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Donald attended the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 2017. While still earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he was accepted for early admission to law school and finishing his senior year and his first year of law school concurrently.
At the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Donald studied Indian Law with a desire to assist tribes in maintaining their sovereignty and promoting economic growth. Donald was an active member of the Native American Law Student Association and was part of the Tribal Justice Clinic, working on multiple projects including NAGPRA and tribal elections. Donald also served as defense counsel in the Regional Municipal Veterans Court in Tucson, as part of the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic.
Donald graduated from law school in 2019 earning a Juris Doctor degree as well as certificates in Business Litigation and Transactional Business Law. Donald is barred in the State of New Mexico, and the U.S. District Court of New Mexico.
Outside of his legal work for tribes, Donald enjoys creating handmade leather goods, woodworking, and watching a good movie with his spouse and their dogs.