Natalia Sells is a rising third year student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU Law). She is from the communities of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, and Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, in 2018 with her BA in Business Administration and a minor in English–Communications. After graduating, Natalia pursed a career in higher education as an undergraduate admissions evaluator at the University of Arizona and as an academic advisor for San Juan College.

At ASU Law, she served as a first year Representative (2021-22) and as President (2022-23) for the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), which aims to create a community for the Native law student community and peers. She is also currently on the Law Journal for Social Justice as an Associate Editor and upcoming Symposium Chair.

Natalia is the first in her family to go to law school and will be the first lawyer in her family. Having been raised by a family of educators, she was encouraged to find ways to use her education to uplift Native communities, and that is what she plan to do with her law degree.

It was a desire to help her community that led Natalia to apply to ASU Law for the Indian Legal Program and pursue an Indian Law certificate concurrently with her JD. She looks forward to continuing to serve as an advocate for Native issues and strengthen tribal communities and we are glad to have her join NARF this summer as a a law clerk.

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