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Heather Sibbison

V. Heather Sibbison serves as Chair of Dentons US LLP’s Native American Law and Policy practice.  From 1993 to 1999 she worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior as Special Assistant to the Secretary, Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, and Director of the Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office.  From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Sibbison served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources.  Ms. Sibbison received several awards while in public service, including a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service from the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and an Outstanding Contribution Award from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan for her work in the United States vs. Michigan treaty fishing rights settlement.  In private practice, she has been named by Chambers USA as a “Leading Individual” in the field of Native American law from 2008 through 2014, and she received the “Pro Bono Partner of the Year” award from her former firm.  Ms. Sibbison earned her law degree at the Columbia University School of Law in 1988, and her B.A. from Tufts University in 1983, where she graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Fredrick Melvin Ellis Prize.  She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia.  Ms. Sibbison can be reached at