More and more Natives succeeding in legal field

More than 4,000 Native Americans have become lawyers, said Phillip Deloria, the director of the American Indian Law Center at the University of New Mexico.

When he started out, Deloria said there were only 25 Native lawyers. But thanks to his program and others, more and more at joining the legal profession, he said at a speech at the University of North Dakota School of Law.

The journey has been rough, Deloria said. The graduation rate for Native students was 30 percent when the program started but has reached 95 percent, he said.

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