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Judge Terri D. Yellowhammer

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed November 16, 2020, by Governor Tim Walz. Current term expires January 2, 2023.
 

Education:

College of St. Catherine, B.A., 1985
University of Minnesota Law School, Juris Doctor, 1995
 

Employment:

  • Hennepin County, American Indian Community Relations Development Manager, 2018 – 2020
  • Indian Child Welfare Law Center, Staff Attorney, 2014 – 2017
  • White Earth Tribal Court, Appellate Judge, 2012 – 2014
  • White Earth Tribal Court, Judge, 2007 – 2011

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Proof Alliance
  • Indian Child Welfare Law Center Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Cabinet
  • Casey Family Programs ICWA Tribal & Specialty Courts

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, Volunteer Cohort
  • Minnesota ICWA Guardian Ad Litem for Hennepin and Ramsey counties
  • Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Board Chair
  • National Crittenton Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Hennepin Health Care, Community Advisory Board
  • 7th Generation Tribal Mentoring Program

Additional Information:

  • Education Development Center, Inc. Tribal Services Manager
  • Consultant - Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center, National Children’s Bureau
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Trainer
  • Futures without Violence, Consultant
  • Achievement Award – MN Department of Human Services for work on the 2007 Tribal/State Agreement on Indian Child Welfare