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Rebecca Tsosie: "Rethinking Reconciliation: Land-Based Citizenship and Indigenous Futures" (Keynote Address)

Thursday, July 06, 2023, 5:30 p.m. (CEST)

This presentation explores the theme of “environmental citizenship” in the context of disputes between Indigenous peoples and national governments over land and resource use and development.  What does it mean to be a citizen “of the land” and why does this inquiry matter? 

Rebecca Tsosie explores the different frames of citizenship for Indigenous peoples, as well as the ethics of relationality and reciprocity that guide many Indigenous cultural constructions of the link between human beings and the natural environment.  She then examines the contemporary efforts of national governments to reach “reconciliation” with Indigenous communities and the problematic discourse of political citizenship. 

Finally, she suggests that a cultural construction of citizenship could recognize moral duties to the land and to Indigenous peoples. In particular, Indigenous epistemologies embody distinctive ethical norms that can rework the political notions of citizenship that can exclude and marginalize, while opening the discussion of inclusion and belonging.  Intergenerational equity is also pivotal to the construction of cultural citizenship, probing the discussion of what duties are owed to the future generations of this land.

This keynote address takes place as part of the BAA Conference 2023. Rebecca Tsosie will present her talk virtually.

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Rebecca Tsosie ©private

Rebecca Tsosie is a Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.  Professor Tsosie teaches in the areas of Federal Indian law, Property, Constitutional Law, Cultural Resources Law, and Critical Race Theory.  Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 2016, Professor Tsosie was a Regents Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she also served as Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement.  Professor Tsosie was the first faculty Executive Director of ASU’s Indian Legal Program and served in that position for fifteen years.  While at ASU, Professor Tsosie also held an academic appointment with the faculty of Philosophy within the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, and she served as an affiliate faculty member for the American Indian Studies Program and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist for the Global Institute of Sustainability.

Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the fields of Federal Indian law and Indigenous peoples’ human rights.  Professor Tsosie is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and the California Bar Association.  She serves as an appellate judge for the Supreme Court of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, as well as the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals.  Professor Tsosie received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she was also a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California.

Rebecca Tsosie will present her keynote address virtually. 
Admission is free. To register for the in-person conference, please send an e-mail to
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