Patty Ferguson-Bohnee

Clinical Professor of Law

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition. Professor Ferguson-Bohnee has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies and proposed revisions to the Real Estate Disclosure Reports to include tribal provisions. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights’ issues.

Before joining the College in 2008, Professor Ferguson-Bohnee clerked for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and was an associate in the Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group at Sacks Tierney P.A. in Phoenix. As a Fulbright Scholar to France, she researched French colonial relations with Louisiana Indians in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Professor Ferguson-Bohnee, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe, serves as the Native Vote Election Protection Coordinator for the State of Arizona.

Selected Works

The History of Indian Voting Rights in Arizona: Overcoming Decades of Voter Suppression, 47 Ariz. St. L.J. 1099 (2015).

The Impacts of Coastal Erosion on Tribal Cultural Heritage, 29 Forum J. 58 (2015).

Arizona Native Vote Election Protection Project 2008: Testimony to House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections, March 26, 2009.

Oversight Hearing on Fixing the Federal Acknowledgment Process: Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, November 4, 2009.


Assistant: Jennifer Williams

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Stanford University (1997)

J.D., Columbia University School of Law (2001)