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Rebecca (Becky) Webster joined the American Indian Studies Department in the fall of 2016. She teaches primarily online courses for the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) program and for the undergraduate Tribal Administration and Governance (TAG) program. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin.
Prior to joining the American Indian Studies team at UMD, Becky served the Oneida Nation as an attorney for 13 years where she provided 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 advocating for tribal sovereignty while also exploring ways for tribes to improve cooperative relationships with neighboring governments. She also currently serves on the Oneida Land Commission, an elected tribal body responsible for setting land use and acquisition priorities for the Oneida Nation.
Becky lives in a multi-generation household on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin with her husband, daughters, and parents. Together, they grow traditional Iroquois white corn in their backyard garden and on a large plot of tribal land with 10 other Oneida families. When she is not pursuing her academic interests or spending time with her family, Becky enjoys beading and sewing with friends. Her award winning artwork can be found in the Oneida Museum and on a traveling exhibit through the James Watrous Gallery in Madison and the Wisconsin Academy of Science Arts & Letters.
She received her B.A. (2000), M.P.A. (2003), and J.D. (2003) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. (2014) in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.
- Webster, R. M., Adams, A., III, & Armstrong, D. (2015, May). An introduction: American Indian tribes and law in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Lawyer, 88(5), pp. 18-25.
- Webster, R. M. (2015). Service Agreements: Exploring payment formulas for tribal trust land on the Oneida Reservation. American Indian Quarterly, 39(4), pp. 347-363.
- Webster, R. M. (2016, January). Tribal and Local Governments: Jurisdictional Challenges Within Shared Spaces. Wisconsin Lawyer, 899(1), pp. 22-31.
- Webster, R. M. (2016). This land can sustain us: Cooperative land use planning on the Oneida Reservation. Planning Theory and Practice, 17(1), pp. 9-34. doi: 10.1080/14649357.2015.1135250.
- Webster, R. M. (in press). Reconsidering blood quantum criteria for the expansion of tribal jurisdiction. In N. Hill & K. Rattertree (Eds.), Blood quantum anthology. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.