Kalyn Free

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Kalyn Free is an American attorney, former political candidate, and a tribal citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Early legal and political career[edit]

Free was born in Red Oak, Oklahoma,[1] and after she graduated from law school she began her legal career with the United States Department of Justice;[citation needed] she was the youngest attorney ever hired by the DOJ. At DOJ, Free prosecuted federal environmental laws across the country with a special emphasis on tribal lands. In 1998, she ran for and became the first woman and the first Native American ever to be elected District Attorney in Southeastern Oklahoma.[citation needed] During her administration, she focused her efforts on fighting for women, children, and crime victim's rights.

In 2004, she was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the open House seat in the 2nd Congressional District, with the support of Emily's List, the Sierra Club, and 21st Century Democrats.[citation needed] She lost the nomination to the eventual general election winner, Congressman Dan Boren.

Recent work[edit]

Free established the very first political action committee devoted to electing Native American candidates at the local and state level, INDN's List (Indigenous Native Democratic Network).[citation needed] Kalyn has an abiding interest in Japan and has represented the United States on trips to Japan sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders.[citation needed]

Throughout 2011 Ms. Free worked as the attorney and senior adviser of Bill John Baker's campaign for Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation against the incumbent Chief, Chad "Corn-tassel" Smith.[citation needed] Free again served as senior advisor on Baker's successful re-election in June 2015. Currently, Free represents Baker as his Special Counsel.[2]

Free is also the author of "Why? Rising to the Challenge" in Voices of the Heartland where she describes her career and struggles as a Native American.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kalyn Free, Steve Bruner wed in Tulsa ceremony". McAlester News-Capital. Retrieved 2017-05-20. 
  2. ^ [1]

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