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Patty A. Ferguson-Bohnee

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee is an attorney at Sacks Tierney and also serves as the Director, Indian Legal Clinic and Clinical Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Professor Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. A member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe, she serves as the Native Vote Election Protection Coordinator for the State of Arizona

Practice Areas

Indian Law and Tribal Relations

Water, Environmental, and Natural Resources


Civil Litigation

Honors and Awards

American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Award, 2020

Chambers and Partners: Native American Law - Arizona (Band 2), Chambers USA, 2020, 2021

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Woman of the Year, Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, Phoenix Indian Center, 2015

Judge Learned Hand Award (Emerging Leadership): American Jewish Committee (Arizona Region), 2011

Professional Activities

Director, Indian Legal Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

State Bar of Arizona: Indian Law Section Executive Council

Arizona State, Tribal and Federal Court Forum: Intergovernmental Cooperation Workgroup

Federal Bar Association: Indian Law Section

Northwest Indian Bar Association

Native American Bar Association

New York State Certified Mediator

Law Clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2002-2003

Court and Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2001

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2002

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003

Tohono O’odham Justice Court, 2004

Ak-Chin Indian Community Court, 2007

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Court, 2007

Gila River Indian Community Court, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Reported Cases

Arizona Minority Coalition for Fair Redistricting v. Arizona Indep. Redistricting Comm’n, 121 F.3d 843 (Ariz. App. 2005)


Legislative and Litigation Update,” Indian Law Seminar 2006, State Bar of Arizona

The Racial Implications of Hurricane Katrina,” UC Hastings College of the Law, 4th Annual Symposium, Reviving the Dream: Confronting Racism in the 21st Century, April 2006


Voting During a Pandemic: Vote-by-Mail Challenges for Native Voters” (co-author), Arizona Attorney, July/August 2020

How the Native American Vote Continues to Be Suppressed,” ABA Human Rights Magazine, February 9, 2020

The History of 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,” Forum Journal, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Leadership Forum, Summer 2015

The Struggle for Equal Voting Rights: 45 Years of the Voting Rights Act,” Arizona Attorney, November 2010

Ninth Circuit Issues Decision on Tribal Court Jurisdiction over Non-Members,” The Arrow, Spring 2006

Status and Needs of Unrecognized and Terminated California Indian Tribes,” A Second Century of Dishonor: Federal Inequities and California Tribes, UCLA American Indian Studies Center for the Advisory Council on California Indian Policy, May 1996


Columbia Law School, J.D., 2001: Parker School Certificate of Foreign and Comparative Law; Notes Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2000-2001

Université de Paris VII, Fulbright Scholar, 1997-1998

Stanford University, A.B. with Honors, 1997

Language Fluency


Community Leadership

Miss Indian Arizona Association