Wednesday, October 01, 2008

ALUMNI: Hodahkwen ('02) Named Deputy General Counsel

Will Continue to Advise the Governor on Tribal Affairs

PHOENIX – Governor Janet Napolitano has announced that Marnie Hodahkwen, who has served as the Governor’s policy advisor for tribal affairs since August of 2004, has taken over as deputy general counsel to the Governor. Along with her new responsibilities, Hodahkwen will continue to be the Governor’s tribal affairs advisor.

“Marnie is a tremendously talented public servant, and Arizona has benefited from her excellent work in the past four years,” Governor Napolitano said. “I look forward to seeing all that she can do in her new position as deputy general counsel.”

As the Governor’s policy advisor for tribal affairs, Hodahkwen serves as the Governor’s liaison with 22 tribal governments and works in a wide variety of policy areas. Before joining the Governor’s office, she practiced law in the areas of commercial litigation and Indian law in Phoenix at the law firm Quarles & Brady, Streich Lang. She holds both her bachelor’s and law degrees from Arizona State University. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Hodahkwen is one of the founding members of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona and serves on the Board of Directors of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund, as well as the Advisory Council of the Indian Legal Program at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Hodahkwen becomes deputy general counsel as Nicole Davis leaves the position for the state Attorney General’s office, in order to become the Section Chief of the Civil and Criminal Litigation and Advice Section of the Child and Family Protection Division. Davis has served in the Governor’s Office since the beginning of Governor Napolitano’s term in 2003.

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