Tsosie's lecture is titled "Native Nations and Climate Change: Building and Ethics of Environmental Stewardship," and addresses the role of Native environmental stewardship in climate change policy, based on the unique political structures and knowledge Native Communities have and on how Native peoples can protect their lands and resources.
Tsosie is the inaugural Oregon Tribes Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. She is of Yaqui descent and has worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations. She serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. She is a renowned scholar and advocate on tribal sovereignty, environmental policy and cultural rights.
The lecture honors Strickland, the former University of Oregon Law School Dean and Native American scholar, and is sponsored by the Native Environmental Sovereignty Program of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.