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Hobbs Straus prepared the successful petition of Native Village of King Salmon for federal recognition under the standard set forth in the Alaska Amendment to the Indian Reorganization Act resulting in King Salmon being added to the list of federally recognized tribes.

Attorney Biography

Randi Dawn Gardner Hardin
Associate
Tel: 405.602.9425
Fax: 405.602.9426
Email: rhardin@hobbsstraus.com

Randi Hardin, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and of Comanche descent, joined Hobbs Straus in 2015 after receiving her J.D. with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While at OU, Randi also earned her Certificate in Native American Law and her Master of Arts in Native American Studies. Prior to joining as an associate, Randi worked at the firm as a law clerk. She also clerked with Fredericks, Peebles, & Morgan in Louisville, CO, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.

In law school, Randi served as the vice-president of the school's Native American Law Students Association. During her second year, she placed in the top eight in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition. She was also a member of the American Indian Law Review, serving as the Executive Editor during her third year of law school. Randi received the Best Note award in 2014 for her note Knight v. Thompson: The Eleventh Circuit's Perpetuation of Historical Practices of Colonization. Through her master's studies, Randi focused on tribal issues and governance, as well as issues facing contemporary Native communities. Her thesis research examines Choctaw political history, grassroots activism, and the Nation's resurgence after facing termination in the 1950s-1970s. Her family history serves as her motivation for advancing tribal sovereign rights and promoting good tribal governance.

Prior to law school, Randi worked for several years in the hospitality industry while pursuing her undergraduate studies at OU, which focused on Native American Studies and Anthropology. She enjoys beading and spending time with her husband, Brad, their three boys, and their extended family.

Professional Organizations:
Oklahoma Bar Association
Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of the Court
Education:
University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D. with Honors, 2015
University of Oklahoma, M.A., Native American Studies, 2015
University of Oklahoma, B.A., Native American Studies, 2009
Bar Admissions:
Oklahoma
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma


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