• Research Associate, College Of Law


  • B.A., Biology modified with Psychology, Dartmouth College
  • J.D., Law, University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law. Project: Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • M.P.H., Public Health, Johns Hopkins University - Bloomberg School of Public Health. Project: Certificate in American Indian Health


Heather Tanana, JD, MPH (Diné) is an Assistant Professor (Research) & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow. Heather is experienced in state, federal, and tribal courts and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. She also founded the Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar Association.

Heather is also Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health as an Associate Faculty member, where she works with the Center’s Training team on developing and teaching Institute courses and collaborates on health policy related work. She is a board member of the Urban Indian Center.

Heather’s research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy, promoting better practices in Indian child welfare, and criminal justice in Indian Country.