Eileen Luna-Firebaugh

Professor Emeritus, American Indian Law and Policy, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)

Eileen Luna-Firebaugh is a Professor Emeritus of American Indian Law and Policy at the University of Arizona. She is Choctaw and Cherokee. Prof. Luna-Firebaugh is an attorney, and also holds an MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, where her emphasis was on criminal justice policy. Prof. Luna-Firebaugh is a member of the governing board of the Southwest Center on Law and Policy that promulgates policies, codes, and ordinances for tribal governments, and is a Visiting Scholar for the University of California, Davis Native American Retention Initiatives Program. She is an instructor in Introduction to American Indian Law in the Lifelong Learning Program for Atria Senior Programs in Davis, California.

Her most recent publications focus on the growth and development of international Indigenous and tribal justice systems, tribal police, evaluation of human service delivery programs on Indian lands, community policing, juvenile justice, and criminal justice barriers to the higher education of Indigenous juveniles. She is the author of Tribal Policing: Asserting Sovereignty, Seeking Justice, published in 2007 by the University of Arizona Press. She served as an Associate Justice of the Colorado River Indian Tribal Appellate Court for eight years.  She was also the Principal Investigator for a National Institute of Health study of Australian Aboriginal family violence programs, conducted throughout Eastern and Southern Australia; and the principal trainer for the Nigerian State Police, funded by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Africa, the Soros Open Society Institute, and the Nigerian Police Services Commission. She received the Toihuarera Fellowship for research of Maori Programs aimed at developing juvenile diversion programs. In this capacity, she was a Visiting Professor at Victoria College of Law in Wellington, New Zealand and was appointed as a member of the New Zealand Rangatahi Juvenile Court.

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