Shawn Attakai

Defense Attorney, Gila River Indian Community

Shawn Attakai is an attorney who practices criminal defense in the Gila River Indian Community Courts.  He is also licensed in the Arizona, Arizona District Court, and the Navajo Nation courts.  Shawn graduated from Dartmouth College with an English literature degree, and from ASU College of Law with an Indian Law Certificate.  He’s worked with the Navajo Judicial Department and in private practice for more than a decade.  He is a military veteran.  Shawn is well-versed in his Dine tradition and language.  He has been formally studying Navajo culture for almost three decades.  Shawn has taught classes as a Dine College Culture Instructor, and as a Phoenix College Tribal Court Advocate Instructor.  Mr. Attakai is Bit’ahnii (Folded Arm), born for Tabaaha (Edgewater), and married to To’aheedliinii (Water Flows Together).  Together they reside in Phoenix with their children.