2014 Award Recipient

Thomasina N. Real Bird is a Senior Associate at the Louisville, CO. law firm of Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP.  The firm is dedicated to representation of American Indian tribes and organizations throughout the United States. 

A member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe (Ihanktonwan Nakota), and a descendant of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota), Ms. Real Bird received a B.A. in Native American Studies and M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University in New York. She serves as general counsel to her own tribe and works with the tribal business and claims committee, tribal officials, and members of the general council to promote governance and economic development initiatives as well as promotion and protection of tribal land holdings, tribal sovereignty, and jurisdiction.  She also serves on the Wiciyena Community Development Board that stimulates community development in the areas of culture, food sovereignty, health, education, spirituality, and career development. 

Ms. Real Bird is the 2013 recipient of Native American 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, recognizing leadership, initiatives and dedication to achieve significant contributions to Native communities throughout North America. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Colorado Indian Bar Association, Boulder County Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

“The Firm and its clients are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional like Thomasina working to make sure we can continue to serve our clients with the highest levels of service, integrity, and adherence to the professional rules of responsibility,” noted Partner Leonika R. Charging in her nomination of Ms. Real Bird.  The Rosner & Rosner Justice Fund honors her commitment to professionalism with this Award.

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