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Rebecca Webster

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Rebecca M. Webster is an enrolled citizen of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin and an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in their American Indian Studies Department, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in their Tribal Administration and Governance programs. Prior to this, she served the Oneida Nation as an attorney for 13 years, providing legal advice for the Nation's administration on government relations, jurisdiction concerns, and a wide variety of tribal land issues. Her research interests focus on tribal and local intergovernmental relationships, best practices in tribal administration, and indigenous food sovereignty. One of her current book projects is working with a team of Haudenosaunee people to tell the account of the formation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Great Law. 

Webster currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Oneida Land Commission, an elected tribal body responsible for setting land use and acquisition priorities for the Oneida Nation. In addition to her academic interests, she grows heirloom traditional foods with her family and with Ohe·láku (among the cornstalks), a co-op of Oneida families that grow Iroquois white corn together.  Her family also grows traditional varieties of Haudenosaunee corn, beans, and squash on their ten-acre farmstead, Ukwakhwa: Tsinu Niyukwayay^thoslu (Our food: Where we plant things). She received her BA, MPA, and JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. 

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