Simone Anter, Staff Attorney
Simone Anter (she/her) serves as a staff attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper, where she works with the Yakama Nation to support increased public engagement in Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup. Her work also focuses on lending legal support to other Riverkeeper campaigns and Clean Water Act enforcement actions. Simone received her B.A. from the University of Oregon, where she double majored in Philosophy and Sociology, with a focus on the environment and people. In 2017, she earned her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where she earned a specialization in Critical Race Studies with a focus on tribal and federal Indian law and indigenous human rights. Simone is a descendant of the Pascua Yaqui and Jicarilla Apache and was an active member of UCLA Law’s Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) chapter. During law school Simone served as Editor-in-Chief of the Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance and participated in the National Environmental Law Moot Court competition. Prior to joining Riverkeeper’s team, Simone was an extern at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute where she contributed to legal publications and policy letters. In addition, Simone clerked for the Honorable Allie Greenleaf Maldonado in the Tribal Court of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Petoskey, Michigan. In her free time, Simone enjoys snowboarding at Mt. Hood, hiking and paddle boarding in the Columbia Gorge, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.
Riverkeeper’s team includes scientists, environmental lawyers, and community organizers. We work to organize and empower local communities, enforce environmental laws, and build strategic coalitions. Our mission is to protect and restore the Columbia River and all life connected to it.