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Pilar Thomas (`02) returned to her alma mater to encourage Native law students to aspire for great things as the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Academic Convocation and Gathering of Communities in early November. Recently, she was named deputy solicitor for Indian affairs with the U.S. Department of Interior.
The festive event is held every fall to welcome and honor the school’s Native students, those enrolled in the Indian Law certificate program and non-natives studying Indian law. This year, 30 Native students are enrolled at the school.
During the evening, which included a silent auction sponsored by NALSA, Kelly Dennis (`12) of the Shinnecock Nation was presented with the Toby Grossman Scholarship by the Indian Alumni Council.
The Dineh Tah Dance Group entertained and honored the students with two performances.