The Dorsay & Easton Team

Kathleen (Katie) Gargan, Attorney

Meet Katie Gargan

Katie has worked on tribal law and policy issues in the Northwest for several years, specializing in the federal trust relationship with tribes, treaty fishing rights, and federal recognition. She currently assists in representing tribes regarding treaty rights, economic development, and tribal code development, among other issues.

Katie is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Kathleen (Katy) Gargan, Associate Attorney

Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
J.D., May 2019, cum laude


  • Member, Cornelius Honor Society
  • President, 2017-2018 Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
  • Member, 2018 National NALSA Moot Court Team
  • Fellow, 2017 Lezak Legacy Public Interest Fellowship

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
B.A. in Social Science/Indigenous Nations Studies, June 2013, magna cum laude


  • Coordinator, United Indigenous Students in Higher Education
  • Member, Native American Student and Community Center Advisory Board
  • Member, Students for Sustainability Leadership Council




  • Oregon State Bar Association

Coming soon.

Dorsay & Easton LLP, Portland, Oregon
Associate Attorney
September 2017 to Present

Responsibilities include

  • Providing legal research and writing litigation support regarding various issues concerning tribes in the Pacific Northwest, including the fee-to-trust process, tribal-state compacting, and state administrative agency processes.
  • Assisting in drafting tribal codes and regulations and presenting draft regulations to tribal councils.

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, Oregon
Intern, Policy Development and Litigation Support                                              
October 2016 – April 2018

Responsible for

  • Providing research support for legal and policy staff members on various issues affecting treaty fishing rights.
  • Organizing and maintaining legal and policy research files, update treaty fishing rights case compilation

Chinook Indian Nation, Bay Center, Washington
Law Clerk
Summer 2017

Responsibilities included

  • Providing extensive legal research litigation support regarding treaties, federal acknowledgement, and congressional appropriation.
  • Assisting in writing a federal complaint for a declaratory judgment of federal recognition and constructive treaty ratification, filed August 2017.

District Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Portland, Oregon
Staff Assistant
July 2015 – July 2016

Duties included

  • Serving as tribal liaison, providing legislation and policy analysis on issues affecting Oregon tribes, tribal members, and tribal organizations.
  • Working with federal agencies to provide constituent support in the areas of education, healthcare, and housing.
  • General office administrative duties, including organization of the district Congressional Arts Competition, as well as selecting and supervising office interns.

Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth P.C., Portland, Oregon
December 2013 – July 2015

NAYA Family Center Community Leadership Council
October 2017 – Present

  • Board member assisting in providing wrap-around support to enhance the profile of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), create additional capacity, maximize fundraising efforts, and foster development of emerging community leaders.

Jammin' Salmon Drago Boat Team                                                                       
April 2013 – Present

  • Team member and former co-captain of recreational paddling team, competing in the annual Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races.

Oregon Indian Education Association
April 2012 – April 2017

  • Secretary of the Executive Board, May 2015-April 2017.
  • Student in Higher Education Board Representative, April 2013-May 2015.

LEAD for Oregon’s native communities                                       
August 2015 – August 2016

  • Member, 2015-2016 Cohort supported by the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) and Native American Youth and Family Association (NAYA).
  • Took part a year-long curriculum developing leadership and professional skills by participating in monthly trainings and workshops.

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