Summer Wesley is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a dedicated community advocate, dynamic public speaker, and driven entrepreneur. She spent many years as a social worker and graduated law school from the University of Oklahoma (2013), before founding, Hopoksia, LLC; a company providing educational presentations and diversity and inclusion trainings to organizations; mediation services for parties in civil legal matters; as well as research, writing, editing, and social media management services.

     In 2016, Summer was honored for her dedication to community advocacy and service by being given the Norman's Human Rights Award and being named one of Cleveland County's 2017 Women of Influence. The Journal Record named Summer a member of their 2018 class of "Achievers Under 40". Her passion lies in community-building and empowering others.

     Summer serves on the Board of Directors for two community organizations: Matriarch, a non-profit program that focuses on empowering Native women, and the Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company, which envisions a thriving, vibrant and sustainable creative space that gives voice and presence on stage to Indigenous cultures. Summer was also a founding Board member of Live Indigenous OK, which has now merged into Matriarch and was instrumental in bringing Indigenous Peoples' Day to both Norman and Oklahoma City. She formerly served as part of Oklahoma County's ICWA Post Adjudication Review Board, where she donated her time reviewing child welfare cases  for compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor                                                                                                                                               2013

University of Oklahoma School of Law

Certificate in American Indian Law

Master of Arts in Native American Studies                                                                                     2013

University of Oklahoma

Dual Degree recipient, with JD

Thesis: “Trademarking Tradition: Intellectual Property & Native American Tribes”

Master of Library & Information Studies                                                                                         2022

University of Oklahoma School of Law

 

Pre-Law Summer Institute                                                                                                                  2010

University of New Mexico School of Law,

American Indian Law Center

Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership                                                                                  2008

University of Oklahoma

Bachelor of Liberal Studies                                                                                                                  2005

University of Oklahoma

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