Samantha is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah and a rising 3L at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in government and Native American studies. Samantha then joined the Peace Corps, serving in the Kingdom of Tonga, and later worked for the London-based international Indigenous rights advocacy organization, Survival International, where she now sits on their U.S. Board of Directors.
At Harvard Law School, Samantha is Co-President of the Native American Law Students Association, an article editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review, an Admissions Fellow, and spent her 2L winter term in Aotearoa/New Zealand researching the environmental benefits of self-determination rights under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Last summer, Samantha worked as a law clerk in the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division – Indian Resources Section,. Next fall, she plans tol participate in Harvard’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Inspired by her mother’s work as tribal chairwoman and the impacts of climate change on her coastal tribal community, Samantha hopes to pursue a legal career at the intersection of climate justice and tribal sovereignty.More blog posts