Professor Rebecca Tsosie appointed Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Inclusion

Congratulations to ILP’s Professor Rebecca Tsosie who has been appointed Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Inclusion for Arizona State University.

“I am very excited about my appointment,” Tsosie said. “It has allowed me to become more familiar with the needs of all students for a diverse and academically rigorous education, which will enable students to succeed in many different aspects of public life, including graduate education and employment opportunities.”

Click here for the full press release.

Robert Clinton speaks at NMAI – YouTube Video available

The National Museum of the American Indian hosted a special symposium celebrating the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, and the notable book of the same title that accompanies the exhibition. In this segment, Robert N. Clinton speaks on “Treaties with Native Nations: Iconic Historical Records or Modern Necessity?”


The ILP welcomes back Kate Rosier!

Welcome Back Kate!

Kathlene “Kate” Rosier is returning as the executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Rosier, who left the College of Law in 2011 to become the assistant general counsel for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, served as the Indian Legal Program’s director for 11 years.

“I feel like I’m being reunited with family,” Rosier said about her return. “I love and missed the daily interaction with students, so I was excited to have the opportunity to come back.”

Rosier replaces Ann Marie Downes, who recently was appointed by the White House to serve in the assistant secretary’s office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rosier will start on October 13.

Kevin Gover – Moving beyond the “imaginary Indians” perception

Please see the Washington Post article about Kevin Gover – Moving beyond the “imaginary Indians” perception.

Kevin Gover – Moving beyond the “imaginary Indians” perception at

Congrats to ILP Alums from the Class of 2006 Steve Bodmer and Courtney Monteiro for being recipients of the 40 under 40 award!

Congrats to ILP Alums from the Class of 2006 Steve Bodmer and Courtney Monteiro for being recipients of the 40 under 40!

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce its 2014 “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients have been selected. This prestigious award recognizes 40 emerging American Indian leaders from across Indian Country who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or in their community.

Movie Screening & Reception: The Cherokee Word for Water – Tuesday, September 16 at 5:15 pm

Movie Screening & Reception:  The Cherokee Word for Water

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 / Armstrong Hall / Great Hall
5:15 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public.  Cherokee Word for Water Movie Screening
Producers Kristina Kiehl and Charlie Soap will be on-hand for Q&A following the screening.  Reception following the screen sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch Native American Professional Network.

Hosted by the Indian Legal Program.  Please join us.   Please forward this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues.
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The Cherokee Word for Water is a very rare story because it is about the empowerment                       of people who have been made to feel they have no power.”

Gloria Steinem, Friend of Wilma Mankiller

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation. 

The movie is based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project. Set in the early 1980s in the homes of a rural Oklahoma Cherokee community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.

Led by Wilma Mankiller (played by Kimberly Guerrero, A&E’s Longmire) and fullblood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap (played by Mo Brings Plenty, Netflix’s House of Cards), using the traditional concept of gadugi – working together to solve a problem, they inspired the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values. Together with a community of volunteers they build nearly twenty miles of waterline to save their community. The successful completion of the waterline led to Wilma’s election as Chief, Wilma and Charlie’s marriage and sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day.

A long journey to bring this personal story to the screen, first-time filmmakers Charlie Soap directed and produced the film with Kristina Kiehl, women’s rights leader and friend of Wilma and Charlie, serving as Producer.  The Cherokee Word for Water was executive produced by Paul Heller (My Left Foot) and Laurene Powell, co-directed by Tim Kelly with cinematography by Lisa Leone, and a screenplay from Tim Kelly and Louise Rubacky.

The Cherokee Word for Water was funded through the Wilma Mankiller Foundation to continue her legacy of social justice and community development in Indian Country. Support is tax deductible and profits fund positive portrayals of American Indians and programs for Indian communities across the country.

See Indian Country Today Article

The Cherokee Word for Water Flyer