Indian law scholar Rebecca Tsosie to speak on campus March 15

Renowned Indian law and indigenous peoples’ human rights scholar Rebecca Tsosie will present a lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the first floor auditorium of Western Carolina University’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

Tsosie is the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law’s Regents’ Professor of Law. She also serves as the faculty co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and special adviser to the provost for diversity and inclusion.

Rebecca Tsosie

Tsosie’s lecture is titled “Land, Culture and Community: Native American Sovereignty and National Identity in an Era of Self-Determination.” She will discuss a number of timely issues affecting Indian Country.

Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has extensive experience working with tribal communities. She currently serves as appellate judge for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s Supreme Court and San Carlos Apache Tribe’s Court of Appeals. Tsosie teaches in the areas of property, federal Indian law, and tribal law and policy. She is co-author of the federal Indian law casebook “American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System.”

The lecture is sponsored by WCU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Cherokee Studies Program. It is part of events being held in conjunction with WCU’s 2017-18 interdisciplinary theme, “Cherokee: Community. Culture. Connections.”

For more information, contact Ophir Sefiha at or Ben Steere at