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Angela R. Riley

Angela R. Riley (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is Professor of Law and American Indian Studies at University of California, Los Angeles and Directs UCLA's Native Nations Law and Policy Center in the School of Law. She directs the J.D./M.A. joint degree program in Law and American Indian Studies. Professor Riley's research focuses on Indigenous Peoples’ rights, with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance. Her work has been published in the country’s leading law journals. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from Harvard Law School. Professor Riley became the first woman and youngest Justice of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Supreme Court in 2003 and has served as Chief Justice since 2010. She previously served as Co-Chair for the United Nations - Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Policy Board. She served as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in Fall 2015 and regularly teaches Nation Building at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has chaired the UCLA Repatriation Committee at UCLA since 2010 and served on the President’s Repatriation Policy Work Group from 2019-2021. In 2022, she was named as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs.