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Stacy Leeds is an experienced leader in law, higher education, governance and economic development.Leeds is the first woman to serve as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court and currently a Muscogee (Creek) Nation district court judge and an appellate court judge for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. 

She is the Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Leeds is Dean Emeritus, University of Arkansas School of Law and the first Indigenous woman to lead a Law School.

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Most of the time when there are lands cession in treaties, you would start with the presumption that the tribe has pre-existing property rights and then the treaty might result in the tribe giving up those properties rights and conveying their interest over to the United States.

— Stacy Leeds, Arizona Public Media