Rebecca Tsosie


Professor of Law, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, and Affiliate Professor of American Indian Studies


Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and American Indian Studies Program


Professor Rebecca Tsosie, J.D., has served as Executive Director of the top ranked Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University since 1996.  Professor Tsosie has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy, and cultural rights.  Professor Tsosie is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism.  She has used this work as a foundation for her newest research, which deals with Native rights to genetic resources.  Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has also worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations.  She serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Professor Tsosie speaks at several national conferences each year on topics related to tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources.   Professor Tsosie was appointed as a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar in 2005.  Prior to this, she held the title of Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics.  She is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology and an Affiliate Professor for the American Indian Studies Program. She joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1993 and teaches in the areas of indian law, property, bioethics, and critical race theory. She is the co-author with Robert Clinton and Carole Goldberg of a federal Indian law casebook entitled American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System.  Professor Tsosie was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and received the American Bar Association's "2002 Spirit of Excellence Award." She is the 2006 recipient of the"Judge Learned Hand Award" for Public Service.