Valley V.I.P.'s
June 2007

Katosha Nakai always knew she wanted to change the world. She just didn't always know how to go about it. After years in other professions, Nakai found her true calling in 2004 as an associate with Arizona law firm Lewis and Roca, where she specializes in American Indian Law. "I come from a native background," she says. "My father is Choctaw, and I grew up with tribal politics as a part of my family's fabric."

During the legislative session, Nakai dedicates her schedule to drafting legislation and lobbying at the state capitol. "All the issues that we tackle... impact our communities in some way, shape or form," she says. "And [they] impact them in a positive way." In addition, she serves as president-elect for the Phoenix Indian Center  a nonprofit that provides workforce and social services, as well as education and prevention programs to urban American Indians.

Today, Nakai expresses optimism for the future. "So may people are leery of government, and they think that the system is broken," she says. "But I think it is more important to stay positive. The people I work with on a daily basis are dedicated to making the system work."

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