Eugenia Charles-Newton

Eugenia Charles-Newton Faculty Services Librarian
(806) 834-6813
Email: eugenia.newton@ttu.edu

Eugenia Charles-Newton is the Faculty Services Librarian for Texas Tech University School of Law Library. Eugenia found her passion for law librarianship in her 2L year in law school when she applied to be a student reference assistant at the University of Kansas School of Law, Wheat Law Library. She was enthralled by the vast knowledge of Law Librarians and the skills they mastered in maneuvering through complex databases. She was also perplexed to learn that although many legal materials could be found online, many tribal materials could not be obtained. She was determined to assist tribal nations with locating legal materials and found a need to enter the field of Law Librarianship. In her 3L year, she applied to the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science and became a Cohort member of the Knowledge River program; a unique library program that focuses on Latino and Native American communities.

Eugenia also has experience stemming beyond the law library setting and has had much involvement working with American Indian policy and legislation. In 2004, she had the opportunity to work in the Arizona Department of Gaming where she served as a Tribal Liaison working with 21 federally recognized tribes who just negotiated the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts; a necessary provision under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Then in 2009, she interned for Senator Tom Udall (NM) in Washington, D.C. where she worked extensively with the Senator and his staff on S. 797, the Tribal Law and Order Act, which was signed into law in July of 2010. Eugenia also worked briefly as a Consultant for various Navajo Nation business entities, focusing primarily on issues that affected the Tribes agricultural and water industries. Eugenia is an enrolled member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation and was born and raised on the Navajo reservation.

Eugenia graduated from Arizona State University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science. She became the first Native American woman to receive the College of Liberal Arts & Science Award and was selected to be the University Convocation Speaker in 2005. She went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Kansas, School of Law in 2008 where she also earned a Certificate in Tribal Law and Policy. Immediately after graduating from law school, Eugenia began her Master’s degree program in Information Resources and Library Science and graduated in 2009 from The University of Arizona. She currently is working towards her PhD in Higher Education at Texas Tech University.

Eugenia is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Southwest Association of Law Libraries (SWALL), Research Instructional and Patron Services (RIPS-SIS) committee, and the Academic Law Library (ALL-SIS) committee. Her past involvements in other organizations involved being a student member of the Arizona Tri-Universities for Indian Education and a member of the Native American Law Students Association.

Degrees

B.A., Arizona State University, 2005

J.D., University of Kansas School of Law 2008

M.A. in I.R.L.S., University of Arizona, 2009

Ph.D in Higher Education, Texas Tech University to be conferred summer 2016

Publications

Introduction to Indigenous Sovereignty Under International and Domestic Law, in Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012) (co-author Elizabeth A. Kronk).

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

Land Grabbing: Accessing Information to Protect Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples, presented at the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, San Antonio, Texas, July 14, 2014.

Everything You Need to Know to get Published, presented at the 2014 Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Mapping the New Normal, Austin, Texas, March 2014.

Trust Land—Situs for Economic Development and Global Impact, presented at the 27th Annual Sovereignty Symposium 2014, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 2014.

Indian Child Welfare Act, presented at the 8th Annual Texas Tech Law School Faculty Update for Legal Services Attorney, Public Interest Practitioners and Pro Bono Attorney’s, Lubbock, Texas, October 2013.

American Indian Law: Access and Collection, presented at the 2013 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, Seattle, Washington, July 15, 2013.

Igniting Faculty Services in Your Library, presented at the 2013 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, Seattle, Washington, July 14, 2013.

Ethics in Dealing with Diverse Clients, presented at the 7th Annual Texas Tech Law School Faculty Update for Legal Services Attorney’s, Public Interest Practitioners & Pro Bono Attorney’s, Lubbock, Texas, October 2012.

American Indian Education: The Boarding School Experience, presented at Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, September 2012.

The “Ideal” American Indian Law Collection: Is It Important to Understand the Difference Between Federal Indian Law and Tribal Law?, presented at Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library, New Haven, Connecticut, July 2012.

A Historical Glimpse of American Indian Education, presented at Parent Day-Fall Conference, Red Mesa Unified School District #27, November 2010.

Diversity Curriculum Re-Development, A Pilot Program, presented with Alima Jimenez at the University of Arizona’s Fifth Annual LSO Graduate Symposium, Tucson, Arizona, November 2009.

“Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009,” presented at the Udall Foundation, Washington, D.C., August 2009. See at http://triballawandorderact.pbworks.com/.

“My ePortfolio” (Thesis Project), presented at the School of Information Resources and Library Science, Tucson, Arizona, November 2009. See at http://eportfoliosirls.pbworks.com/.