Melissa Tatum is Research Professor of Law at The University of Arizona, where she also serves as a Faculty Associate for the Native Nations Institute. She specializes in tribal jurisdiction and in issues relating to cultural property and sacred places. She was a contributing author to Felix Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law and is a co-author of the forthcoming books Structuring Sovereignty: Native Nations Constitutions (UCLA American Indian Studies Center 2014) and Law, Culture & Environment (CAP 2014). Tatum has served on task forces in Michigan and New Mexico charged with developing procedures to facilitate cross-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders, and has taught seminars on that topic for judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and victim advocates. Between 1999 and 2006 she served as a judge on the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals.