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Joseph Austin, Navajo Nation

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“Renewing indigenous economies requires repaving the roads to the old trade hubs and re-engaging in business the Native way: internationally.”

Joseph Austin, Navajo Nation
CEO of Olea, Solorzano & Austin and cofounder of the ACES School (Austin, Crepelle & Ernest Sickey’s School for Wards and Domestic Dependent Nations)

Joseph Austin is a member of the Navajo Nation and cofounder of the ACES School (Austin, Crepelle & Ernest Sickey's School for Wards and Domestic Dependent Nations), a nonprofit corporation established to help the Native nations and Native people move past wardship and shift toward the path of nationhood.

Austin earned his BS in business administration and management, JD and certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy, and Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Economic Law and Policy at the University of Arizona. Austin practices in state and tribal court; his areas of practice are federal Indian law and tribal law, specializing in nation building, customary law, business, and economic development. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the field of law with a focus is on international trade among Native nations.