National Child Welfare Association

Shanna Knight

Gus Abeita

ICWA Specialist

(503) 222-4044, ext. 134
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Shanna Knight, M.A., J.D., is the new ICWA specialist at NICWA. She has worked on behalf of tribes and tribal organizations in policy and legal affairs for the last six years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sheldon Jackson College, her master’s degree in English from Washington State University, and her juris doctorate with an emphasis in Native American law from the University Of Idaho College Of Law. While she earned her master’s degree, she gained experience teaching college English and considers her law degree and legal experience to be an extension of her teaching experience. Before joining the team at NICWA, she worked for Anderson Indian Law in Washington, D.C., on cultural resources, tax, education, and land into trust issues, in addition to advocating on behalf of tribal clients with congressional and federal decision-makers.