The Outstanding Scholar Award is given to applicants who we feel are utilizing their studies in promising ways, and show innovative and creative ideas for how they plan to build on their studies to bring healing and safety to our communities.
Jeanette is currently a first-year law student at the University of Idaho College of Law. She is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. She is married and has four children, ages 2, 7, 11, and 14. Jeanette received her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Lewis Clark State College in 2005 and then completed her Masters of Social Work from Boise State University in 2008. Jeanette has worked for the past fourteen years with the Nez Perce Tribe, most recently as the CSEP Director and Supervisor of Child Protection Services. She has been chairperson of several boards and committees, both on and off the reservation, several advocating for Native Youth throughout Idaho. Due to law school and its time constraints, the current board she is able to be a part of is the Nez Perce Tribe’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Board. Jeanette was the 1L representative for U of I’s Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) Idaho Chapter, where she took an active role in planning all events, community service, and fundraising. Fall 2019 Jeanette was able to organize and moderate a panel on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to bring awareness of the issue to other law students, professors, and community members. Beginning April 13 th for 2L year she will serve as U of I’s NALSA chairperson. Jeanette looks forward to this opportunity to educate others on Indigenous legal issues, research and write funding opportunities, and further her community service for the Tribes of Idaho. Her summer plans include an internship with the Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel and continuing her pro bono hours assisting NiMiiPuu Fund with development and updating of their policy and procedures. Jeanette was recently accepted into the University of Idaho College of Law’s Native American Law Emphasis Program and will be focusing her studies on Tribal Governance and Family Law. After she is finished with her Juris Doctor degree, Jeanette plans to take the Idaho Bar Exam and to return to work with her Tribe.