Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the addition of new attorney Nakoma Hazlett to our Colorado team. With offices in Louisville, Colorado, and Washington, D.C., our growing, majority native-owned firm provides a broad range of legal services to Indian tribes, tribal entities, and individual Indians across the United States. We prioritize the sovereignty, jurisdiction, self-sufficiency, and self-governance of our tribal clients.
Following her May 2021 graduation from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Hazlett joined Native Law Group this summer as a law clerk. On Tuesday, September 28, she attended her swearing-in ceremony for the Oklahoma Bar Association, and she is returning to the firm as a full-time attorney.
“Nakoma is focusing her practice on federal Indian law, administrative law, Indian gaming, legislation and code drafting, tribal court, and general counsel services,” said partner Jeremy Patterson. “We’re very pleased to welcome her to our Native Law Group team. Nakoma has a bright future and will be a great asset to our clients.”
Nakoma is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation and also has Choctaw, Seminole, and Muscogee/Creek heritage. During her second and third years in law school, Nakoma gained valuable experience working for several tribal advocacy entities. Working for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Nakoma researched and advocated for estate planning among American Indians.
She also served as a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado; Pitchlynn Law, PLLC in Norman, Oklahoma; and the Yurok Tribe in Klamath, California. Nakoma currently lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband and son.