Rachel was featured in the Young Lawyer Showcase of this quarter's North Dakota State Bar Association's publication, The Gavel.
Rachel Egstad is the prosecuting attorney for the criminal court of the Spirit Lake Tribe in Fort Totten. She is also a contract attorney with Swenseth Law Office, PLLC, in Devils Lake, where she practices in the areas of family law, tribal law, and civil litigation. Prior to becoming the prosecutor for the Spirit Lake Tribe, Egstad was the juvenile public defender in the Spirit Lake Tribe’s family division and represented parents in child abuse and neglect proceedings.
Egstad grew up in Grand Forks. After high school, she attended the University of North Dakota (UND) and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Indian studies. Egstad earned her juris doctor and the Indian Law Certificate from the UND School of Law in 2015. While in law school, she was chosen for the first ever externship focusing on tribal prosecution with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bismarck, working with both federal prosecution and tribal prosecution in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court. She also earned an externship with the Walsh County State’s Attorney’s Office.
She was involved in the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and participated in the National NALSA Moot Court Competition in her second year. Egstad is also a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Egstad serves as secretary/treasurer of the Indian Law Section of SBAND and is also a member of the Federal Bar Association. Egstad currently resides in Grand Forks with her husband, Zach, and their dog, Charlie. In her spare time, Egstad enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, and spending many summer weekends on West Battle Lake in Minnesota.