Etcetera - 10/29/12


Attorney for the District of Oregon Amanda Marshall said Walla Wallan M. Brent Leonhard has been tapped as a special assistant U.S. attorney to prosecute federal crimes occurring in Indian Country, according to a release.

Brent, who is an attorney for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, will continue his full-time work there, too.

"We are incredibly excited to have Brent prosecuting cases in Indian Country," Amanda said.

These dual roles will further improve coordination between tribal authorities and federal law enforcement during criminal investigations, she said.

A longtime advocate for tribal nations, Brent currently serves on Attorney General Eric Holder's Violence Against Women Federal and Tribal Prosecution Task Force in Indian Country. While working for CTUIR, he also aided in drafting language for the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

He and wife Carolyn Eyestone Leonhard, a native Walla Wallan, have two daughters, Zoe and Evie.

He previously worked in the Walla Walla city Attorney's Office with Tim Donaldson after the Leonhards moved here from Arizona. He was previously lead prosecutor for the White Mountain Apaches and was head of the public defender office for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

A book Brent wrote on contract law with tribes was published by the American Bar Association. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Washington and his bachelor's from Western Washington University, Bellingham.

The Old Glory flying at Walla Walla High School's soccer field during athletic events comes from U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

The American flag first flew over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., before it was presented to the school during a Wa-Hi girls soccer match.

Local businesswoman and longtime community volunteer Jill Richardson can be credited with coordinating the acquisition.

"Last year I discovered that our Walla Walla High School soccer field did not have an American flag on the field and we had to look towards the front of the school for our 'Pledge of Allegiance' before the game and we could not see that flag," Jill said.

"I felt it is important for our school and visiting schools to show pride for our flag, country and community. I was given the opportunity through Cathy McMorris-Rodgers to have a flag flown over our national Capitol Building in honor of our youth and would be able to give it to the school for future athletic events at the field."


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