Dianna Kicking Woman holds a JD degree and Certificate in Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She also holds a BS in Anthropology from the University of Oregon (McNair Scholar with departmental honors) and a MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (Hibben Fellow). Before law school, she was a researcher at the Southwest Tribal Native American Research Centers for Health and served on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Board. While in law school, Dianna was vice president of the Native American Law Students Association, participated in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, and was a member and editor of the Tribal Law Journal.
Dianna also worked for the Utton Transboundary Resources Center while in school, co-authoring “A Comparative Analysis of State Water Planning Efforts in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas & Utah with Commentary on New Mexico Water Planning Statutes, Objectives, and Tribal Consultation” for the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. Dianna is Blackfeet and Choctaw and is committed to serving the national Native community as well as her communities at the Blackfeet Nation and Choctaw Nation.