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Professor Rebecca Tsosie to speak on the future of Indian education

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Leadership Program at Penn State, Professor Rebecca Tsosie will speak at Penn State Law on "Tribal self-determination and the future of Indian education." Her talk is scheduled for October 13.

By Crystal Stryker
September 2010

 

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Leadership Program at Penn State, Professor Rebecca Tsosie will speak at Penn State Law on "Tribal self-determination and the future of Indian education." Her talk is scheduled for October 13.

“An important factor in the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate education is the preparation, recruitment and hiring of American Indian and Alaska Native teachers and school leaders. Unfortunately, across the nation, schools face an ongoing shortfall in the number of certified American Indian and Alaska Native school leaders,” said Dr. Susan Faircloth, associate professor of education at Penn State. "Professor Tsosie’s talk will help people understand the challenges inherent in Indian education and will appeal especially to those with an interest in educational leadership and issues related to the education of American Indian and Alaskan Native students."

Dr. Faircloth works with Penn State’s American Indian Leadership Program, the nation’s oldest continuously operating education leadership program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Her research focuses on the overrepresentation of American Indian and Alaska Native students in special education programs and services.

"This event will challenge participants to think about the importance of tribal sovereignty to American Indian education," said Professor Carla Pratt of Penn State Law, who studies both Indian law and the experience of minority students in law school and the legal profession.

Professor Tsosie is the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law of Arizona State University where she directs the Indian Legal Program, an organization established to provide legal education, scholarship, and public service to tribal governments. Professor Tsosie co-authored the 2007 casebook American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System. An associate justice of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Supreme Court, she frequently writes on sovereignty, cultural property, biotechnology, and cultural pluralism.

A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Professor Tsosie is a former law clerk to the Hon. Stanley G. Feldman of the Arizona Supreme Court and has been elected to the American Law Institute.

The public is welcome to this event, hosted by Penn State Law and sponsored by Penn State’s American Indian Leadership Program, College of Education, Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, and the Penn State Alumni Association. The event will be held in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium in the Lewis Katz Building in University Park at 5:00 p.m. and simulcast to Penn State Law facilities at 333 W. South Street in Carlisle, PA.