Deanna Hartley-Kelso is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Ms. Hartley-Kelso recently served as the Chickasaw Nation’s Attorney General and Administrator for the Division of Justice. Prior to serving in this capacity, Deanna also served as General Counsel for the Legal Division and was also the first Legislative Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation Legislature. Her prior employment includes general corporate work as Associate Corporate Counsel for Color Tile, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and General Counsel for Marketing Investors Corp. in Dallas, Texas.
Deanna is licensed to practice law by the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma as well as the tribal courts of the Chickasaw Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She also is a member of the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association, Native American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and a Fellow of The College of the State Bar of the State of Texas.
Deanna is the Vice Chair of the Chickasaw Foundation Board of Trustees, a citizen appointee to the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, an adjunct professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and a previous volunteer for North Texas Legal Services-American Indian Law Project. Deanna also serves on numerous other boards and committees within the Chickasaw Nation well as representing the Chickasaw Nation at the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in Geneva, Switzerland.