Jenna Macaulay (Tuscarora)


Ms. Macaulay is a member of the Tuscarora Nation and is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Macaulay clerked for the Seneca Nation of Indians in their Department of Justice where she conducted research on issues related to the tax-exempt status of sovereign Indian Nations and the application of international law on traditional Seneca territory.  As a third year student at Syracuse University College of Law, Ms. Macaulay worked as a student attorney in the Securities Arbitration Consumer Law Clinic, where she assisted small investors and other consumers with problems in the financial and consumer markets.

Ms. Macaulay also clerked for the Law Office of Joseph Heath, the General Counsel for the Onondaga Nation.  During her clerkship, she worked on the Onondaga Land Rights Action, a historic case which calls for the healing between the Onondaga Nation and the Central New York region.  Also during her clerkship, Ms. Macaulay worked on issues pertaining to the Superfund site at Onondaga Lake.

Ms. Macaulay is a member of the Turtle Clan from the Tuscarora Nation where she grew up learning the traditional teachings of the Haudenosaunee.  Her interest in law is derived from her family’s long history as active traditional leaders in the community.