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Tsosie, Askland sustain 'ASU Magazine' cover story

September 08, 2009

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Executive Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Indian Legal Program, and Andrew Askland, Director of the College's Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology were featured prominently in the September 2009 edition of ASU Magazine.

Tsosie is pictured on the publication's cover, and is featured in the main piece, "Sustaining Change: ASU researchers discover keys to promoting habits for a healthier planet" by Lee Gimpel. In a sidebar, "Framing Change," Tsosie points out that many of the world's surviving indigenous cultures are the most susceptible to climate change because their lands often are likely to experience drought or flooding. This puts them at risk for extinction, she explains, and therefore, they have, or should have, a disproportionate interest in sustainability.

In the same sidebar, Askland talks about his research into the legal framework around sustainability, and for example, how the preferential treatment that certain power sources have enjoyed might change with regulation that tilts the balance toward wind and solar sources.

To read the full article, click here.

Tsosie teaches in the areas of Indian law, Property, Bioethics, and Critical Race Theory, as well as seminars in International Indigenous Rights and in the College's Tribal Policy, Law, and Government Master of Laws program. She has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy and cultural rights, and is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. Tsosie is the co-author with Robert Clinton and Carole Goldberg of a federal Indian law casebook, and her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources. She annually speaks at several national conferences on tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources.

Askland teaches courses at the College of Law in Privacy and Economics and the Law. He also has research interests in Environmental Ethics and Bioethics and in Moral and Political Theory. Askland is a member of the American Philosophical Association and served on the program committee of its Pacific Division.

Janie Magruder,
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law