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Kimberly Craven

Kimberly Craven
Kimberly Craven is a passionate, highly-motivated Indian law and policy expert who has a wealth of experience when it comes to assisting Tribal peoples to protect their rights, save their homelands and dramatically improve their standards of living. In particular, she has in-depth expertise in issues that have proven to have a significant impact on that critical government-to-government relationship. Her sage counsel has been sought by the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court in South Dakota as well as the Hopi Tribe in Arizona. Kimberly served as the Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs where she was responsible for managing the intergovernmental relationship between the State of Washington and the 29 federally recognized Tribes within the State’s boundaries. In the capacity of fighting for Tribal rights, she has also served as a General Attorney, Chief Judge, and Associate Magistrate. Plus, she has worked tirelessly for a number of non-profit organizations dedicated to improving social and economic conditions for Native peoples, including one that successfully defended Tribal treaty fishing rights for the Columbia River in Oregon. In addition, she has handled a wide variety of Indian Child Welfare cases. Kimberly earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and then went on to complete her L.L.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy from the University of Arizona. When Kimberly isn’t exercising her right to champion causes for Tribal peoples, she enjoys exercising, cooking and curling up with a good book.

Recent Posts

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Prevail Against FMC

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Dec 9, 2019 2:18:00 PM

Twenty-two million tons of radioactive and carcinogenic hazardous waste were generated and stored on the Shoshone Bannock Reservation by the FMC Corporation's (FMC) phosphorus plant operating there from 1949 to 2001. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared FMC’s plant and storage area a Superfund Site.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law

FCC Announces When 2.5 GHz Window Opens For Tribes

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Dec 2, 2019 5:32:43 PM

It was good news for Indian Country today as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that a six month window will open, starting in February, 2020, to allow some eligible, rural Tribes the opportunity to obtain for free unused 2.5 GHz broadband spectrum on their reservations as long as they agree to build out a telecommunications' systems within five years.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law

House Hearing on Native 8(a) Contracting: Emerging Issues

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Nov 26, 2019 3:11:32 PM

Fueled by Los Angeles Times reporting on “fake” Indians reaping millions of dollars of contracts set aside for minority contractors, the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Native 8(a) program was the focus of an October 22, 2019 hearing before the House Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Small Business.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law

Late Breaking Updates

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Nov 26, 2019 3:11:10 PM

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for funding from the Dept. of Energy Tribal Energy Program to kick -start that renewable energy project on your reservation. Here is a link to the funding announcement called “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands - 2020."  If we can assist with your application or reaching your energy goals, please let us know. Proposals are due by Feb. 6, 2020.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law

Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Oct 4, 2019 2:29:02 PM

The vast Tribal Digital Divide was the focus of a recent Senate Indian Affairs hearing on a newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, GAO 19-75, regarding the lack of broadband access in Indian Country. The GAO study and report were requested by Senators on the Committee with large Native constituencies in their districts. The hearing focused on the lack of access to licensed spectrum broadband across tribal lands. One of the findings was that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) relies on insufficient data about Indian Country, which the FCC says it is trying to address. Witnesses from across Indian Country presented testimony and the entire hearing may be watched here.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law, Broadband in Indian Country

National Tribal Energy Summit Concludes With New Funding Announcement

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Oct 2, 2019 8:11:54 AM

The urgency of energy independence has long been recognized as an important goal by the United State's military branches. Southern Ute Tribal member, Kevin Frost, who now heads up the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, shares that same sense of urgency. Frost, formally trained as an attorney, is now a dedicated public servant who initially served his people as an elected council member but has now sacrificed the grandeur of Colorado for the halls of DOE.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law, Energy in Indian Country

Native American Vets Face Unique Challenges

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Sep 19, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Recently, Andrew Simpson, a Navajo Nation member, a Vietnam Veteran and Board Chairperson of Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado, Arizona presented testimony to U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Service (IHS) Administrators at the National Indian Health Board meeting in Temecula, CA. Mr. Simpson called for the VA to have a continued presence at every IHS in order to meet the unique needs of Native veterans.

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Tags: Federal Indian Law, Native American Veterans, Indian Health Service

GSA's Motion to Dismiss in Contract Case Fails

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Sep 18, 2019 5:47:22 PM

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) recently handed down a decision in a dispute over a lease that denied General Services Agency’s (GSA) Motion to Dismiss for failure to state a claim as well as the plaintiff’s Motion to Exclude GSA’s Opposition Reply. Since neither party’s motions were granted, it appears the plaintiff prevailed in its efforts to get GSA to pay up for lost rent and increased costs the plaintiff experienced in the lease dispute.

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Tags: Government Contracts, Contracts Law

Formation of PACs For Individuals, Breweries, Associations & Guilds

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Aug 18, 2019 9:17:49 PM

Now that you know what Political Action Committees (PACs) can do and have been doing, are you curious as to how to start one? According to the Federal Election Committee (FEC) website “An individual or group can set up a "nonconnected committee" when it wants to set up a political action committee (PAC), and that PAC is not one of the following:

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Tags: government relations, political action committee

Gulf War Veteran Fatally Shot 14 Times by Lodi Police Officers

Posted by Kimberly Craven on Jul 31, 2019 8:54:34 PM

If the two City of Lodi Police Officer had been trained how to deal with violent, armed schizophrenic individuals, Parminder Shergill, a 37 year old Gulf War veteran, might still be alive today. Instead Mr. Shergill died on January 25, 2015 from 14 shots fired by the two police officers after he did not comply with their request to stop after they found him walking down a street in Lodi.

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Tags: Civil Rights Law

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