Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma on September 22, 2017. He is the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in the district, an area covering eleven counties and including thirteen federally recognized Indian tribes. In November 2017, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, a select group of U.S. Attorneys who provide advice and counsel directly to the Attorney General on matters of policy, procedure and management. Mr. Shores was also appointed as Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee, a group of U.S. Attorneys charged with developing and guiding national policy for Indian Country justice. Mr. Shores also serves on the Tribal Issues Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and is a member of the Attorney General’s Management, People, and Performance Subcommittee and the Victim and Community Issues Working Group. In March 2019, he was selected as Co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Services System.
Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Shores served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Oklahoma from 2007-2017 and in 2015 was Oklahoma’s First Assistant Attorney General. He also served as the National Security Cyber Specialist and worked closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes and domestic terrorism.
Mr. Shores has also served as the Deputy Director of the Justice Department’s Office of Tribal Justice in Washington, D.C. He represented the United States at the United Nations and Organization of American States, where he negotiated declarations pertaining to the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. Mr. Shores received a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.