Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Webster helps community as tribe's attorney

Becky Webster

Becky Webster helps her community navigate government relations, handle real estate issues, and preserve its heritage. As an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe in Wisconsin and its senior staff attorney, Webster provides legal advice on real estate, probate, planning, land use, zoning, and environmental concerns.

"A commitment to public service is embedded within the Oneida seventh generation vision and philosophy," Webster says. "This vision and philosophy encourages individuals to act in a cautious and responsible manner because what is said and done today will affect the next seven generations to come. My ancestors had this foresight, and as a result, the Tribe was able to provide me with the resources and opportunity to further my higher education."

Webster's 2003 dual degree in public affairs and law gives her a valuable background in gaming, treaty rights and government-to-government relationships. "The skill sets and tools I gained while attending La Follette helped prepare me for a career as a tribal attorney and provided me with a distinct advantage when dealing with issues my tribal government faces," she says. Webster often educates employees and elected officials on jurisdictional issues, and she participates in government-to-government discussions between the Tribe and surrounding governments.

Webster is a commissioner on the U.S. Department of the Interior's Indian Arts and Crafts Board, and she serves on the board of directors for the Indian Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar. In 2009, the Green Bay Press Gazette's YOU Magazine named her one of the 20 Women To Know in the Green Bay area for her contributions to the community.

"My experience at La Follette has enabled me to help make the path even wider and better for the next seven generations to follow," she says.

— updated October 12, 2010