Natasha John is the Director of Tribal Government Relations in the firm’s Indian Tribal Governments practice, where she focuses on government relations and advocacy on behalf of the group’s tribal clients. She was the lead lobbyist working with the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to include a provision in the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115–254).
During the course of her career, Natasha has focused on tribal clients’ legislative and regulatory policy goals in the areas of energy, land and natural resources, environment, economic development, and infrastructure. In addition to representing clients on Capitol Hill, she has represented clients before executive agencies, federal advisory committees, and energy industry groups. Natasha has demonstrated experience in policy analysis, coalition building, and advancing legislative agendas.
Prior to joining Powers, Natasha was a Managing Director at Dentons in the Native American Law and Policy practice, and served as an in-house Legislative and Government Affairs Associate in the Navajo Nation Washington Office.
Earlier in her career, she worked as Professional Staff at the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during Senator John Barrasso’s (R-WY) time as Chairman. She also worked in the offices of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Representative Dan Boren (D-OK).
Natasha was listed on the District of Columbia Courts 2020 and 2021 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll with high honors. Natasha has been an invited speaker for the National Congress of American Indians, the Coalition of Large Tribes, local D.C. law firms, several academic institutions, and other tribal organizations. She also volunteers regularly as a member of the Junior League of Washington.
Natasha received a M.A. in Political Science-International Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma and a B.A. double major in Global Studies with an emphasis in issues and systems, and Joint History and Political Science from Concordia College.
Natasha is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Tolikan, Arizona.
Honors & Awards
District of Columbia Courts Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll 2020, 2021