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Office of the Attorney General

17675 S. Muskogee Ave. Tahlequah, OK 74464

John C. Young

John YoungJohn C. Young (Delaware/Pawnee/Kiowa) joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2014 and serves as an Assistant Attorney General.  John currently serves as a tribal court prosecutor representing the Cherokee Nation in proceedings before the Cherokee Nation courts.  As a prosecutor, John has focused on enhancing the prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes in Indian Country.  Likewise, John has focused on increased awareness of human trafficking in Indian Country and improved coordination amongst the Cherokee Nation’s community partners and counterparts in federal law enforcement.

Prior to joining the OAG, John practiced in the federal and state courts of New Mexico with an emphasis on plaintiffs’ civil rights litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the New Mexico Human Rights Act, complex civil litigation and criminal defense.

John has previously served as Associate Judge for the Delaware Tribal Court and as Director of the National Tribal Trial College.

John is a Spanish speaker and has previously been certified in basic Mandarin Chinese through a course of study in Beijing, China.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Indian Law
  • Criminal Prosecution in Indian Country
  • Admitted to Practice/Licenses
  • The Supreme Court of New Mexico, 2008
  • The Cherokee Nation Bar Association, 2013
  • The Supreme Court of Oklahoma, 2014


  • The University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts (Spanish), 2001
  • The University of New Mexico, School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2008
  • Professional or Trade Affiliations
  • New Mexico State Bar Criminal Law Division,  Board Member, September 2010 to March 2014
  • Oliver Seth American Inns of the Court, March 2011 to March 2012
  • H.P. Vearle American Inns of the Court, September 2010 to January 2011