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Tsosie speaks at Tribal Leaders Conference

March 03, 2009

Rebecca Tsosie, Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently spoke on "Transitions: Building Stronger Tribal Governance," at the Second Annual Tribal Leaders Conference.

The conference was held Feb. 23-24 at the Isleta Pueblo Hotel and Convention Center at Isleta Pueblo, N.M., just south of Albuquerque.

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 program for a Master of Laws in Tribal Policy, Law, and Government. 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 annually speaks at several national conferences on tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources.

Tsosie joined the College faculty in 1993 and has served as Executive Director of the top-ranked Indian Legal Program since 1996. She was appointed as a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar in 2005 and, before that, she held the title of Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics.

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