Member of the Board
NAICJA Region 1
Darrell Dowty, Cherokee, received his Juris Doctorate in 1976 from the University of Denver. He has 25 years experience as a felony prosecutor and trainer. Seventeen of those years have consisted of courtroom experience in major felony prosecution specializing in homicide and sexual abuse cases. Judge Dowty spent seven years in the headquarters office of Oklahoma’s prosecution system where he was responsible for training all of the State’s prosecutors and support personnel. Since 1999, Judge Dowty has served on the bench of five Tribal courts and is a member of the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation. Since 2004, he has provided legal representation for qualifying victims of domestic violence in the State courts as Senior Contract Attorney for the Oklahoma Native American Domestic Violence Coalition, “Spirits of Hope.” Dowty has presented training for the Native American Domestic Violence Coalition, the National American Indian Court Judges Association, Fox Valley Technical College, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Unified Solutions Group, and other organizations. Judge Dowty currently is the Director of the Tribal Response and Court Enhancement Strategies (TRACES) program funded by BJA and administered by the Institute for Native Justice. He is also in private practice in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.