Kevin Washburn

Meet Our People – The Enduring Spirit of the Chickasaw Nation

A native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Yale Law School, Kevin Washburn is currently a faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque. The joy of his life, he says, is teaching students about federal Indian law, and he notes that the law is often on the tribes' side. Washburn previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior; during his tenure (2012-2016), he says he witnessed a vital shift in the government-to-government relationship between tribes.