Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley

Anchorage || Partner
Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley
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Grateful to serve.

Saagulik focuses her practice on meeting the unique legal needs of Alaska Native corporations, tribes and tribal nonprofit health and social service organizations. She maintains a general counsel practice providing advice in contract strategy, negotiation and enforcement; employment law; investigations and compliance; grants management; conflicts of interest and other ethics standards; and governance. 

Saagulik has been active in Alaska and Native American affairs for many years. Her experience includes working as a legislative aide with the Alaska State Legislature, as a staff attorney and public policy liaison with an Alaska Native (ANSCA) regional corporation, and as general counsel for a 600-employee regional tribal nonprofit corporation. She served as senior policy advisor at the United States Department of the Interior Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and has provided international human rights law support to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through coursework and a fellowship.

She is a frequent speaker at legal and community events.

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Saagulik enjoys spending time with her large extended family, being on the land and water, music, dancing, and running. She is committed to learning and speaking Iñupiatun, an endangered language, with her children every day.

Admitted to Practice
  • Alaska (2010)
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2005
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy
    • Dean’s List
    • Excellence in Legal Writing Award, 2007
Memberships & Recognition
  • Alaska Bar Association
    • Alaska Native Law Section
    • Arctic Law Section
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Employment Law Section
    • Healthcare Law Section
  • Enrolled Member, Native Village of Kotzebue