2022 Articles

Heather Tanana – Research Professor & Stegner Center Fellow, University of Utah

Say hello to Heather Tanana (JD/MPH). She is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a Research Professor & Stegner Center Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She is also Associate Faculty with the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health. Heather practiced law for several years with Richards Brandt Miller Nelson before completing a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer and joining the world of academia. Her career has been driven by her personal commitment to serving her people. She sits on the board of Western Resource Advocates and Planet Women, and volunteers her time on other work groups to promote diversity in the legal field, including the Rocky Mineral Law Foundation Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Association of American Law Schools Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples, and American Bar Association Native American Resources Committee. Heather’s research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy in Indian Country. Over the past year, much of her work has focused on the Water & Tribe Initiative’s Universal Access to Clean Water for Tribal Communities. The project seeks to bring awareness to the lack of clean, safe, and reliable drinking water in Indian Country and to make tangible progress on securing water access for all Americans. Heather is also an author for the water chapter in the Fifth National Climate Assessment.

Ms. Rosset earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.