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Nelva Cervantes

Nelva was born and raised on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe.  She attended Yale University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law

As an undergraduate, Nelva was a Neustadt Fellow and a student editor for World Literature Today.  She was very active in several Native American and other diversity and civil rights focused student organizations.  She graduated with distinction, majoring in English with a minor in Native American Studies.

Nelva was a member of the Native American Law Student Association and the American Indian Law Review.  She helped organize a symposium at OU Law called “A Brave’s New World, Sovereignty in the 21st Century.”  She received two American Jurisprudence Awards which are awarded to the student with the highest grade point in two classes, “Native American Natural Resources” and “North American Free Trade Agreement” and made the Dean’s List.  She received scholarships as a fellow for the American Indian Graduate Center as well as a four-year Justice Harry L.S. Halley Scholarship.  Nelva received a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy. 

Nelva was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2007 and is a member of the American Bar Association. 


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