An article by Rebecca Tsosie, executive director of the Indian Legal Program, has recently been published in a new book, Gathering Native Scholars: UCLA’s Forty Years of American Indian Culture and Research.The book is a collection of selected essays from four decades of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tsosie’s article, “Surviving the War by Singing the Blues: The Contemporary Ethos of American Indian Political Poetry,” was written when she was a J.D. candidate at UCLA.
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. She 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.