Rebecca Tsosie, J.D., is Regents' Professor of Law at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program. She has extensive experience working with tribal communities across Indian Country and currently serves as appellate judge for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation's Supreme Court and San Carlos Apache Tribe's Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining Arizona Law, Professor Tsosie was Regents Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. Professor Tsosie, of Yaqui descent, served as the Executive Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Indian Legal Program from 1996-2011.
Professor Tsosie teaches in the areas of property, federal Indian law, and tribal law and policy. In her role as special advisor, Tsosie helps advance diversity and inclusion in academic affairs, working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to advance cultural competency in the classroom and academic affairs. Tsosie's research interests include tribal self-determination within the U.S. constitutional framework, environmental justice for tribal communities, and intellectual property rights to cultural resources. She has previously taught courses across the IPLP curriculum, on federal Indian law, tribal cultural resource law, bioethics, and critical race theory. She is co-author of the federal Indian law casebook American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System.
Professor Tsosie is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the California Bar Association. Professor Tsosie serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and as an Associate Judge on the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.