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BIOGRAPHY

Devon Lomayesva

Devon Reed Lomayesva, member of the lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, has been Chief Judge of the ICSC since 2016. In addition to her work at the ICSC, Devon is the owner of the Law Office of Devon Lee Lomayesva, where she continues her commitment to preserving the rights of Indian Tribes via the practice of Federal Indian law. She is also currently a Lecturer at San Diego State University, American Indian Studies Department. She has formerly held the positions of In-House Tribal Attorney for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, Executive Director of California Indian Legal Services, In-House Tribal Attorney for the lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and Adjunct Professor at Palomar College. Devon has also served a four-year term on the lipay Nation Tribal

Council, as well as several committee positions. Devon is a co-founder of the i American Indian Recruitment Programs, established in 1993. This program is designed to promote youth in higher education through cultural, team building and positive youth development. Devon is a member of the Native American Lawyers Association of San Diego, the California Indian Law Association, and Member of the Santa Ysabel Traditional Gathering Committee. Devon received her B.A. in History from San Diego State University in 1994 and her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1999. Devon and her husband have three young children where they live in Valley Center, CA.

As a native female lawyer, Devon has had the unique opportunity to practice Indian law in her own tribal community for over 16 years. Her career experiences have included representation and training of dozens of tribes in California and individuals throughout the United States in various areas, including Tribal govemance: drafting laws, regulations, and policies, Indian Child Welfare Act representation, Indian education, Cultural resource protection, Gaming transactional and regulatory work, Fee to Trust acquisitions and Tribal Justice development.  Devon also has been active in the promotion of Indian education for local native youth. As a co-founder of the American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Programs, Devon has over two decades of experience in developing and overseeing programs specifically designed to provide opportunities for native youth to succeed in high school and in higher education. The delivery of culturally based research topics at local San Diego and other Southern California universities provides students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the college experience while learning more about their own status as American Indians and their own identities. Devon has also been active in the preservation and promotion of culture in her own tribal community. For 18 years, Devon has chaired the Santa Ysabel Gathering Committee, ensuring that the tribe's traditions are carried on through the youth.