Professor Tsosie on Indigenous Identity & Sports Mascots

Professor Tsosie’s excellent Federal Lawyer article on identity and sports mascots is available below. Her longer law review article on these subjects is available here.

Tsosie Fed Lawyer Art on Mascots

As one of the curators of the Indian law columns for the Federal Lawyer, I am proud to have solicited this piece and grateful that she could squeeze writing it into her schedule.

FBA Indian Law Section Members, Nominations are open for the Baca Lifteime Achievement Award

If you’re not a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Section, there’s still time to join. Here is the notice from Lawrence Baca, Chair of the Nominations Committee:

Dear Indian Law Section Members:

Please consider nominating someone for the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award. Past recipients of the Baca Lifetime Achievement Award include Lawrence Baca, Professor Phil Frickey, John Echohawk, Professor David Getches, Alan Taradash, Professor Carole E. Goldberg and Tom Fredericks.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 6, 2015. Please submit nominations to the Chairman of the Nominations and Awards Committee, Lawrence Baca, at with a cc to . Nominations should specifically address why the nominee meets the criteria for the award outlined below.

Qualifications for Lawrence Baca Lifetime Achievement Award:

1. Nominee must have worked in the field of Indian law for at least twenty years as a practitioner, judge, legislator, leader, scholar or educator;
2. Be of good standing and held in high esteem in his or her professional arena;
3. And have made significant contributions to the field of Indian law through litigation, development of legislation, scholarship or the development of Indian law students or through tribal leadership.

The nomination submission must include:
1. A nominating letter that specifically addresses in narrative form how the nominee meets each of the three Award criteria.
2. A current resume or vitae.
(Reference to a website where the information can be found is not accepted as a substitute for the written narrative.)

The nomination submission may include:
1. 1-3 letters of support for the nomination.
2. Up to 3 articles about the nominee
Do not include articles written by the nominee.


2015 Nominations and Awards Committee
Lawrence Baca