Faculty & Staff



Lecturer in Law


SJD, University of Arizona, 2010
JD, University of Arizona, 2006
MA, University of Arizona, 2006
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001


Lorinda Riley is a professor of Public Administration at the University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu where she teaches indigenous governance and justice administration. Before returning home to Hawai‘i, Lorinda worked as the National Tribal Liaison for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and Program Analyst for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.  Lorinda also served as a Regulatory Manager for the Departments of the Interior and Transportation. Prior to her career in public service Lorinda practiced law for a boutique Indian Law firm in Washington, DC where she lead the administrative and environmental law practices. 


  • Lorinda Riley and Morgen Johansen, Creating a Valuable Learning Environment for Indigenous Students, Journal of Public Affairs Education (pending publication).
  • When a Tribal Entity Becomes a Nation: The Role of Politics in the Shifting Federal Recognition Regulations, 39 Am. Indian L. Rev 451 (2015).
  • Shifting Foundation: The Problem with Inconsistent Implementation of Federal Recognition Regulations, 37 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 629 (2013).
  • Keepin’ it in the Family: The Legal and Social Evolution of ICWA in State and Tribal Jurisprudence, in the Indian Child Welfare Act Facing the Future 164 (Fletcher, Singel, and Fort, eds., 2008).
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