James A. Bowen,
Tribal Court Judge, Klukwan, Alaska
He was born in 1951 in Sequim, Wash., member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe of Washington, where he went by the name of He-alth, which he was given at birth.
He was a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, where he was an associate editor of the California Law Review. After graduation he served as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.
He returned to the Pacific Northwest to work as the tribal judge in Washington State for the Puyallup Tribal Court and appellate court judge pro tem for numerous tribal courts. He was a co-founder and president of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association.
Upon his move to Sitka, he served as tribal attorney. He focused on the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the development of tribal court systems. He was widely recognized as an expert on Federal Indian law. He served as an administrative law judge for the state of Alaska for 20 years.
A Juneau resident, he died peacefully in in sleep at his home on April 25, 2010. He was 58.