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Raquel Montoya-Lewis

Raquel Montoya-Lewis

Associate Professor

Office: FA 328


Raquel Montoya-Lewis from the Pueblo of Isleta and the Pueblo of Laguna Indian tribes, researches and writes in the area of tribal law and jurisprudence. She teaches courses on the U.S. legal system, including Property Law and Federal Indian Law, as well as courses on cultural and gender identity. In addition to teaching, she is licensed to practice law in Washington and New Mexico. Currently, she serves as Chief Judge for the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Acting Chief Judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe, and appellate judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System and the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Raquel Montoya-Lewis holds a B.A. from the University of New Mexico (1992), a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law (1995), and an M.S.W from the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work (1996).


Interest Areas

Law, Federal & Traditional/Customary Indian Law, Theories of Jurisprudence, Social Welfare Systems.






  • Serves on the Washington State Bar Association's Law Clerk board for the northwest region of Washington. The Rule 6 Law Clerk program allows an alternative to law school -- studying under an attorney and become licensed to practice.
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  • “Community Building” award for 2009 from the Whatcom Family and Community Network.