Native American Heritage Month
As a team representing 10 tribes at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Indian Legal Program aims to educate and celebrate on the ancestral lands of the Akimel O’odham. The program was established 33 years ago by the efforts of two ASU Law students – Gloria Kindig (’89) and LynDee Wells (’89). Over the years, we have excelled and built on that vision and created the Indian Legal Clinic, the Arizona Native Vote Election Protection Project, the Indian Wills Clinic, the Pathway to Law Initiative, the Rosette LLP American Indian Economic Development Program, and the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs.
- Kate Rosier (Comanche), ILP Executive Director and Assistant Dean of Institutional Progress
- Patty Ferguson-Bohnee (Pointe-au-Chien), ILP Faculty Director and Indian Legal Clinic Director
- Professor Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee), Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar and Director of the Rosette LLP American Indian Economic Development Program
- Professor Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership
- Professor Trevor Reed (Hopi), Associate Professor of Law
- Professor Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes (’94) (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), Professor of Practice and Director of the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs
- Professor Derrick Beetso (’10) (Navajo), Director of the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs
- Professor Helen Burtis (’07), Faculty Associate
- Professor Lance Morgan (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), Faculty Associate
- Professor Pilar Thomas (Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona), Faculty Associate
- Danielle Williams (Navajo), Program Coordinator Sr
- Theresa Beaulieu (Stockbridge-Munsee), Program Coordinator
- Honore Callingham (’18), Senior Specialist, Indian Legal Clinic
- Torey Dolan (’19) (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Native Vote Policy Fellow, Indian Legal Clinic
- Blair Tarman (’21) (Chickasaw), Native Vote Policy Fellow, Indian Legal Clinic
In addition to the JD program, we also offer a Master of Laws (LLM) program and Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program.
- Paul Spruhan, Faculty Associate
- Jay Spaan (Cherokee), Faculty Associate
- Michael Hoenig, Faculty Associate
We’ve expanded our presence in Nebraska, California and Washington, D.C. We are a growing network because law is a growing field. Over 375 ILP students have graduated from ASU Law and over 150 received a certificate in Indian Law.
Today, we are proud to have 72 students representing 36 tribes: 44 JD, 1 LLM and 27 MLS.
To our entire ILP family: Happy Native American Heritage Month!