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Derrick Beetso

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Director, Indian Gaming and Self-Governance
University Staff, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520

Derrick Beetso (Diné) currently serves as Director of the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Derrick was born in Tuba City, AZ and is a 2010 graduate of ASU's College of Law and a 2000 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. Derrick is the former General Counsel of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the first and only indigenous person to hold this title. Prior to his role at NCAI, Derrick served as Counselor to Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn, and served as Attorney/Advisor to the BIA's Western Region and the BIA's San Carlos Irrigation Project. He has extensive knowledge about Arizona's Indian water rights settlements and the federal trust responsibility and has worked with the Native American Rights Fund to co-direct the Tribal Supreme Court Project. Derrick was recently admitted as a member of the American Law Institute, and is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the Navajo Nation. Derrick also serves on the board of IndiJ Public Media, an Arizona non-profit Indigenous media corporation and the parent company of Indian Country Today. 

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SDO 592Research
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SDO 592Research
LAW 791Seminar