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Richard J. Frias, Esq. (Chiricahua Apache) is a former Legislative Director for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) in Washington, D.C. At NIGA, he advocated before members of Congress, the National Indian Gaming Commission, and other executive branch agencies on behalf of tribal governments. After returning to New Mexico, Richard worked in-house for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, serving first as Special Counsel and later as Chief Counsel to the Governor. In 2017, Richard started his own practice focusing on commercial transactions and Indian law. In 2018, he joined the Capitol Hill Policy Group to advocate on behalf of tribes in the Southwest. Richard is a Chiricahua Apache enrolled in the Chihene Nde Nation.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing in 1990 from the University of California, Irvine and a Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2011.
He is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court.