Carrie E. Garrow is chief appellate justice in the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. She is a nationally renowned expert on tribal law and governance.
Garrow grew up in northern New York on the Mohawk Indian reservation known as Akwesasne. Both of her parents, Cecil and Barbara Garrow, were converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Carrie is a lifelong member.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, she earned a law degree from Stanford University. She stayed in California for several years working as a deputy district attorney in Riverside County. She returned to the East where she received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard. She taught at Syracuse University College of Law where she served as Executive Director for the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship. She was elected as chief appellate judge for the Mohawk tribe in 2016. She has been a tribal justice consultant for several non-profit organizations, including the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, the Native Nations Institute, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.
She has coauthored Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure.