Danielle Hiraldo


Tribal Affiliation: Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Senior Researcher and Tribal Outreach Specialist, Native Nations Institute

Danielle received her Ph.D. in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a M.P.A. and a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Danielle’s research interests focus on tribal-state relationships (specifically state-recognized tribes in the Southeast), federal Indian law/ policy, Native Nation governance structures and practices.



Hiraldo, Danielle. 2018. Asserting Self-Governing Authority Beyond the Federal Recognition Paradigm: North Carolina’s Adaptation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Chapter for Indigenous Justice: Crime and Social Justice. Eds. Karen Jarratt-Snider and Marianne O. Nielsen. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Hiraldo, Danielle. 2020. “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu”: Lumbee Self-Government Strategies under State Recognition. Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.