February 03, 2009 –
MAYETTA: Mark Dodd, Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma, is the new tribal attorney for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) and began his duties on January 20.
Dodd holds a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas (KU) and completed the Tribal Lawyer Certificate Program as part of his degree. In addition, while in law school, he held the position of Student Director for theTribal Law & Government Center for one and ½ years and served as vice president of the Native American Student Law Association chapter at KU. After he graduated in 2006, he practiced law for two and ½ years with Hines & Ahlquist P.A. in Erie,Kansas.
When asked about his new position with the PBPN, Dodd said that he was excited about the opportunity to work in tribal law and was looking forward to his work with the Nation.
He was raised on a farm in northeast Texas and comes from a large family. He was also a missionary in Mexico for two years and holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University. He is married with three children and one on the way.
Dodd’s office is located on the upper level of the PBPN Government Center next to the Tribal Council offices.