Jerilyn Decoteau is a Juris Doctor who currently resides in Eldorado Springs, Colorado. She is a self-employed, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Her professional interests include Indian Law and Policy, Human Rights, Tribal Courts, and boarding schools. Her areas of expertise are in the areas of Indian Law, federal Indian water law, teaching Indian law and policy, tribal courts, anti-racism work focused on the effects of colonialism on Native Americans in the US and on the effects of boarding school policy. 

Professional Memberships/Involvements:
Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Bar Colorado Indian Bar Association National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, President of the Board Toward Right Relationship Project - Co Director Committee to establish Indigenous Day in Boulder, Colorado Community Involvement Awards: Multicultural Award for Government 2002, Boulder County Community Action Programs Service: National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition President of the Board Eldorado Springs Sewer Local Improvement District Committee 2011-2015 Volunteer Ranger for U.S. Forest Service, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Reading to End Racism Boulder Council-literacy based K-8, since 2002. Anti-Racism trainer for Reading to End Racism and the YWCA of Boulder County Boulder Valley Schools, Indian Ed. Parent Comm., 1985-2005. American Indian Youth Leadership Institute, Planning Committee/presenter Women’s Studies Advisory Board, University of Colorado, 2004-2006. YWCA of Boulder County Bd of Dir. 1998-2004 Sec’y: Natural Res. Law Ctr Univ. of Colo. School of Law, Bd of Dir., 1991-94, 2000. Indian Child Welfare Act Task Force–Denver Indian Family Res. Ctr, 2000-2001. Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Bd of Dir., 1985-88. Women's Foundation of Colorado, Board Member, 1986-87. School Board member, Turtle Mountain Comm. Sch., Belcourt, ND 1976-78 

Past Research/Research Publications:
Essay, “Why I Opted Out of the Cobell Settlement”, cobell-settlement 
Essay, The New Money Changers: Predatory Lending in Indian Country the-new-money-changers-79600 Native American Asset Watch: Rethinking Asset-Building in Indian Country, First Nations Development Institute 2009, available at 
Turtle Mountain Tribal Appellate Court Opinion –opinions available on request Essay, “Effects of Non-Indian Development on Indian Water Rights,” Tribal Water Rights, 
Essays in Contemp. Law, Policy, and Economics, eds John E. Thorson, Sarah Britton, and Bonnie B. Colby 2006, U .of AZ Press. 
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Constitution Convention and Revision Process - 2001-2002, Project Peacemaker, Turtle Mountain Comm. College. Review of Indian Law Cases in the Supreme Court, Nat’l Clearinghouse Rev., 1991. 
Access of Urban Indians to Health Care, Nat’l Clearinghouse Rev., Sum. 1986
Tribal Taxation: Issues Left Open After Merrion v. Jicarilla, Indian Law Support Ctr. Rptr, Winter 1985. 

Professional Presentations:
SPEECHES, ADDRESSES, TRAININGS – since 2000 Native Asset-Building Coalitions: organized a national conference in June 2009. Predatory Lending in Indian Country: presentations on at national meetings, including NCAI and the Native American Indian Housing Council and testimony before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in June 2008. Law Professors of Color Conference April, 2008, University of Denver Law School: Topic: Indian Law: the Asset-Stripping Effects of Indian Law and Policy. Training for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Judicial Branch: 2days, January 2007. Co-planner, presenter on several topics. Indian Law Summit: Strengthening our Tribal Government Systems, Project Peacemaker Turtle Mountain Community College, August 1-2, 2005 Co Planner, Presenter. Ethical Issues in Representing Tribes, University of Wisconsin Annual Indian Law Conference, April 2005 Tribal Government Reform, University of Washington Indian Law Conference, September, 2003. Tribal Sovereignty Discussion, Colorado Indian Bar Semi Annual Meeting, May, 2002 Ethical Issues in Representing Indian Tribes: A Federal Perspective – Federal Bar Ass’n Indian Law Conf. Albuquerque, April 2001. Effects of Development on Indian Water Rights, Nat. Res. Law Ctr. Univ. of Colo. School of Law, June 2000. 

​Bar Certified Lawyer

Attorney at Law 

Jerilyn Decoteau