Hon. Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks

At-Large Member

NAICJA Region 2

Ms. Fairbanks is a partner in the firm of Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP.  Her practice concentrates in the areas of Indian Law, State-Tribal Relations, Indian Gaming, Tribal Courts, Mediation, Family, School, and Educational Law.

Ms. Fairbanks obtained her B.A. from Fort Lewis College in 1969.  She obtained her J.D. in 1987 from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to her law career, Ms. Fairbanks served as a teacher for the Albuquerque Public Schools, Zia Day School, and Administrator for Acomita Day School and the Santa Fe Indian School.

Ms. Fairbanks worked with the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs, as Sr. Policy Analyst, in the area of state-tribal relations.  She was instrumental in establishing the Indian Child Welfare Desk, New Mexico Office of Indian Tourism, the University of New Mexico Indian Law Clinic, and the passage of the New Mexico Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

Ms. Fairbanks’ professional associations include the State Bar of New Mexico (Member, Indian Law Section; Co-Director, CLE); Federal Bar Association; New Mexico Indian Bar Association (past President); National American Indian Court Judges Association Family Court Judge, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1992-1994; Chief Justice Yavapai Apache, 1995 - 2005; Associate Justice, Saginaw Band of Chippewa Indians; Member, New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution.  She currently serves as a Justice for the Inter Tribal Court of Appeals for Nevada and is adjunct faculty for the National Judicial College.
Ms. Fairbanks is Tlingit-Tsimpshian and was born in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Prior to joining the Cuddy Law Firm, Ms. Fairbanks was a partner with the law firm of Roth, VanAmberg, Rogers, Ortiz, Fairbanks & Yepa, LLP, where she specialized in Indian law.