Office of the Attorney General

Alayna Farris

Alayna Farris, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, joined the Office of the Attorney General in October 2016 and serves as an Assistant Attorney General. She provides in-house counsel duties for the Nation, along with representing the Nation in federal, state, and tribal courts. She has a passion for native children and is an advocate for the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Alayna clerked for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office. As a clerk for NARF, she focused on protecting tribal natural resources and promoting Native American human rights.

Her time with the District Attorney’s office was spent focusing on criminal prosecutions.

While at NARF, Alayna was selected as one of the recipients of the Siletz grant due to her “tireless work ethic and [her] voluminous work product.”

Prior to law school, Alayna worked for the Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare program as a Child Welfare Specialist. She advocated for the rights of Cherokee children in state courts. Her passion for protecting the rights of Cherokee children and her tribe began here and led her to pursue a law degree to further protect those who cannot advocate for themselves. Alayna has dedicated her career to serving her Native American community and looks forward to making a positive impact in Indian Country.

Alayna and her husband Zak (Cherokee and Cheyenne River Sioux) live in Tahlequah with their children Zoey and Evan.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Indian Law
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Contracts
  • Foreclosures

Licenses

  • Cherokee Nation Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Oklahoma

Education

  • 2016, J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
  • 2008, B.S., Northeastern State University