Abi is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Federal Indian Law. Prior to joining Pipestem Law Firm, she was an associate at an Arizona law firm where her work included advising and representing tribal clients – from a District at Tohono O’odham to multiple Hopi Villages – on issues that ranged from economic development and loan restructuring to tribal governance and tribal member rights.
Before practicing law, Abi worked for the Notah Begay III Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting tribal communities and organizations committed to developing programs for Native youth geared at reducing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. While at the Foundation, Abi developed marketing and communication materials designed to educate key stakeholders in the health of Native American youth – including philanthropic organizations, tribal communities, and federal agencies – on the dire health crises facing tribal communities.
While in law school, Abi served as President of OU Law’s Native American Law Student Association. She completed a legal internship in the Office of Tribal Justice at the Department of Justice. In this role she participated in discussions with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies that were directly involved with Native American issues concerning civil rights, environment and natural resources, and tribal governance. Abi also interned at an Indian-owned law firm where she assisted in developing and revising tribal codes, prepared court documents for tribal and state courts concerning Indian Child Welfare cases, child support enforcement and domestic violence related representation.
During Abi’s undergraduate career at Oklahoma State University, she worked for Congressman Tom Cole. While serving in Congressman Cole’s office she experienced firsthand the importance of protecting tribal sovereignty through advocacy. This experience encouraged her to pursue a career in law with a focus on protecting tribal rights. Abi is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation.