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Attorney Biography

Katie E. Klass
Associate
Tel: 202.822.8282
Fax: 202.296.8834
Email: kklass@hobbsstraus.com

Katie Klass joined Hobbs Straus in October of 2014 and is eager to advocate on behalf of tribal clients. Katie is a citizen of the Wyandotte Nation, located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma. She chose to attend law school to further tribal sovereignty for her own tribe and for Indian country generally.

Katie received her Juris Doctor in 2011 from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. While there, she gained a certification from the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and had the opportunity to learn from some of the country’s best Indian law professors. She worked with Professor S. James Anaya in his capacity as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Professor Robert Hershey in his role as Judge Pro Tempore for the Tohono O’odham Tribal Court.

After graduating, Katie began her legal career in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor’s Honors Attorney Program. She spent a year rotating throughout the Solicitor’s Office Headquarters Divisions and the Rocky Mountain Regional Office before permanently joining the Division of Indian Affairs. While there, she spent two years specializing in gaming eligibility and federal recognition. She prepared opinions on whether tribes’ lands were eligible for gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; reviewed gaming eligibility opinions of the National Indian Gaming Commission; and provided counsel regarding recognition of Indian tribes, with a particular focus on administrative reaffirmation. She also worked on the Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community Supreme Court litigation related to gaming eligibility and tribal sovereign immunity as well as the amendments to the federal acknowledgment regulations.

In her free time, Katie takes Wandat language lessons, hikes, and practices yoga. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle, and their daughter, Collette.

Professional Organizations:
Native American Bar Association of DC
Education:
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2011
Michigan State University, B.A., 2008
Bar Admissions:
New York
District of Columbia


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