Justice as Healing: Native Nations and Reconciliation

Rebecca Tsosie 

I am honored to give the Canby Lecture for 2020, and I thank Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and Kate Rosier for their leadership of the Indian Legal Program and for inviting me today. I’m delighted to return, even in a virtual space, to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). This was my academic home for over twenty-two years, and I owe so much to this law school and its amazing faculty, past and present. In particular, I honor Judge Canby, who first taught Federal Indian law at ASU in the early days of the law school before there was a formal Indian Legal Program, and who was responsible for recruiting the first Native students to graduate from ASU’s law school. Judge Canby’s intellectual leadership in the field of Federal Indian law inspired me and many other colleagues in the field of Federal Indian Law. Judge Canby was also the impetus for the development of the Indian Legal Program (ILP), and our Program benefitted from his many years of tireless and dedicated service on the ILP Advisory Council.

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