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Arizona Law Leads the Way in Indian and Indigenous Peoples' Law

Indian and Indigenous peoples’ issues are increasingly at the forefront of national and international affairs. Less than three weeks after President Obama took office, the First Lady paid an official visit to the Department of Interior and announced that the President would soon be appointing a senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs to his White House Staff. Less than two years ago, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. These activities are the result of decades of struggle by attorneys, policy makers, and academics who have labored tirelessly to draw attention to the demands of indigenous people, to hold governments accountable for their actions and their promises, and to assist tribal governments build the legal and institutional structures necessary for successful self-governance. Arizona Law’s faculty, students, and graduates are actively involved in these efforts. Indeed, Wizipan Garriott, who served as First Americans Public Liaison on President Obama’s transition team, is a graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Read more about what Arizona Law is doing in Indian and Indigenous Peoples’ Law here.