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Tsosie named Reporter for Uniform Law Commission Study Committee

April 06, 2009

Rebecca Tsosie, executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has been named Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Model Tribal Legislation on Collateralization of Interest in Real Property.

The committee will investigate the need for and feasibility of drafting model tribal legislation that would enhance the ability to collateralize interests in real property on tribal lands.

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 also is the co-author with Robert Clinton and Carole Goldberg of a federal Indian law casebook. Her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources.

Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations and serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Judy Nichols,
(480) 727-7895
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law