Chief Justice Robert T. Anderson (Bois Forte Band)

Chief Justice Robert T. Anderson is a Professor of Law and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington. He also has a long-term appointment as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches annually. He is a co-author and member of the Board of Editors of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2012 Ed.), as well as previous editions. He is a co-author of Anderson, Berger, Frickey and Krakoff, American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary (Third Ed. 2015), as well as previous editions. He teaches and writes in the areas of Indian Law, Public Land Law and Water Law. In 2008, he was co-lead of the Obama Transition team for the Department of the Interior. He spent twelve years as a Staff Attorney for the Boulder–based Native American Rights Fund where he litigated major cases involving Native American sovereignty and natural resources. From 1995-2001, he served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration under Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, providing legal and policy advice on a wide variety of Indian law and natural resource issues. In 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed Chief Justice Anderson to the five member Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. He is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa located in Minnesota.