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Nadine Thornton

Nadine Thornton

JD Law

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

As president of Cornell Law’s NALSA chapter for the 2014-2015 academic year, Nadine’s goals are to not only continue the tradition of professional, academic and admissions support to Native American students but to add more events highlighting major issues in the Native American community. One such event to look for next year is a Tribal Economic Development Panel. Growing up near the Pine Ridge and Eagle Butte reservations in South Dakota, Nadine saw the need for economic development on the reservation. Some larger tribes, like her own – Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, have been very successful with business investment funds. This panel will bring Cornell alumni and other experts from these funds and the legal entities working with them to discuss the opportunities for economic development for tribal nations. Nadine’s passion for this cause is reflected in her willingness to pursue a business degree concurrently with her law degree (as part of the three year JD/MBA program) in order to develop the expertise to bring more value to this effort as an attorney.

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