Katie Morgan Brossy

Katie Morgan Brossy

Xi, University of Nebraska

 

According to Katie Morgan Brossy, to be a real, strong woman, you need a well-defined sense of who you are and where you come from. 
 
Katie’s family boasts a long history of female leadership. A member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Santee Sioux, her grandmother was a tribal council member, and her mother has been the executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs for more than 20 years. Their experiences and legacy helped shape Katie into the person she is today.
 
As an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Katie advises clients regarding American Indian law and policy, with a focus on representation of Indian tribes, tribal governmental instrumentalities and tribally owned enterprises. She has worked on a number of highly significant tribal issues, including Indian water rights settlements and the largest tribal trust claim settlement, and has also represented tribal clients on issues regarding federal, state and tribal tax laws; Indian gaming law; land into trust matters; and economic development initiatives.
 
“I have been very fortunate to follow in my ancestors’ footsteps in tribal leadership, and to pursue my legal career in a way that allows me to advocate for and protect tribal rights,” Katie shared. “I represent and assist Indian tribes to secure important water rights and protect tribal sovereignty. As part of this effort, I helped pass one of the largest Indian water rights settlements in U.S. history, which has confirmed a secure water supply and funding for a clean drinking water system on the Reservation for the first time.”
 
Katie feels Alpha Chi Omega was instrumental in helping her achieve these goals. As a first-generation college student, the university environment was overwhelming at first. She wasn’t sure about Greek life—no one in her family had been in a sorority. 
 
“I knew the stereotypes. I expected a lot of young, white women, and not a lot of diversity,” Katie said. “But my chapter was welcoming and warm, and quickly became my support system. I gained strength, knowledge and a commitment to lead. I feel confident that I can attribute my success in my professional career to the life skills and friendships I made in Alpha Chi.”
 
After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Katie received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was the co-chair of the Native American Law Student Association. She has served as the president of the Native American Bar Association of D.C. and currently serves on her law firm’s diversity committee. She also serves as a board member of the Notah Begay III Foundation, whose mission is to reduce Native American childhood obesity and Type-2 diabetes. 
 
“I hope other Native American women can see this profile and understand that Alpha Chi Omega and the Greek system are open and welcoming to Native American women,” Katie added. “It was such a positive part of my life, and it helped make me the real, strong woman I am today.”
 
Katie currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Jackson Brossy, and their 3-year-old son, Evan. They are expecting another son in early August.

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