Native Americans in the United States

Visiting Assistant Professor of Native American Indian Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Due: Jan 15, 2017

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Dickinson College invites applications for a two-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor in Native American Studies. The successful candidate should have Native American Studies as his or her major field of research; a Ph.D. is acceptable in a related field. In addition to teaching within his or her field of expertise at all levels of the curriculum, the candidate will teach within a related home department. We welcome interdisciplinary, empirical, and humanistic approaches and the position carries a teaching load of five courses per academic year.
Applicants should enjoy discussion-oriented teaching and demonstrate an ability to create an inclusive learning community environment for an increasingly diverse student body. Applicants should also have a strong commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting.
Interested candidates should apply for this position electronically at
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, description of research, and relevant student evaluations. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via the electronic submission system. The due date for completed applications is January 15, 2017.
Dickinson is located in Carlisle, PA, twenty minutes west of Harrisburg and a two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. A top-tier liberal arts college, Dickinson prides itself on a faculty who combine excellent teaching and research.
The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.
Please direct any questions involving the position to Professor Jerry Philogene (

White Earth Descendant Selected for Minnesota Supreme Court

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Congratulations Judge Anne McKeig

Link to full article here

From the article:

Gov. Mark Dayton has selected Fourth Judicial District Judge Anne McKeig as the next Supreme Court justice, giving the state’s highest court its first American Indian jurist, as well as the first female majority since 1991.

McKeig, 49, a descendant of White Earth Nation, has specialized in child protection and Indian welfare issues. She was first appointed to the bench in 2008 by GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty. She will replace retiring Justice Christopher Dietzen, also a Pawlenty appointee.

The selection means that Dayton has made a majority of appointments on the 7-member court, likely ensuring his legacy on the bench long after he leaves office. He has now appointed five justices, though former Justice Wilhelmina Wright joined the federal bench earlier this year.

In his two terms, Dayton has made diversifying the state’s courts a priority. He praised…

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Job – Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies, Due: Apr. 1, 2016

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies
Job Open Date 02-25-2016
Review Date To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. 04-01-2016
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a significant number of Indigenous students enrolled in a wide range of academic programs that are available on campus in Fairbanks as well as through a network of six rural campuses and a variety of distance education programs. Other than the Cross­ Cultural Studies, these programs are administered through the College of Rural and Community Development.
Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Studies is located in the College of Liberal Arts and constitutes an interdisciplinary M.A. and PhD program built upon an integrated set of core courses designed around a set of six specialty areas with emphases in Indigenous Research, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Leadership and Indigenous Sustainability. The program is offered jointly through the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, the Alaska Native Language Center, the School of Education, and the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. The PhD program was established in 2009 and is administered by the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies in cooperation with the UAF Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Rural and Community Development.
Applicants for this position must have completed a PhD degree (or minimum ABD) and be qualified to teach within fields related to Native/Indigenous Studies. Potential areas of expertise are indigenous knowledge systems, Native ways-of-knowing, cultural studies in the humanities and social sciences, Native/natural sciences, nurturing community well-being, community and resource sustainability, and comparative studies in the Arctic and Pacific Rim regions.
For more information and how to apply see:

Daryl Baldwin: toopeeliyankwi, kati myaamiaataweeyankwi: We Succeed At Speaking The Myaamia Language. 11:30am-1pm, Feb 22, 2016

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The Myaamia language was labeled an extinct language by the mid 20th century. After 25 years of reconstruction and revitalization, the Myaamia language is spoken once again among a younger generation of tribal youth who are using language learning opportunities to reconnect to each other and their Indigenous knowledge system. It is through the creation of a holistic well-designed educational effort that cultural knowledge and language proficiency will increase over time. This talk will explore the strategies employed by the Myaamia community in their attempts to rebuild community through language and cultural education.

Daryl Baldwin, Director, Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Daryl Baldwin is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Myaamia Center is a unique collaborative effort supported by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for the purpose of advancing the language and cultural needs of the Myaamia people. Daryl received an MA in linguistics from the University of Montana. He has worked with the Myaamia people developing language and cultural materials since 1995. For an update on the projects currently under development through the Myaamia Center please visit the web site at

Location & Timing

11:30-1:00pm, Monday, February 22, 2016
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall

Baldwin’s lecture will begin at 11:30am. A free catered lunch will follow his talk at 1pm. The lecture will be held in the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall.

For the event poster, click here.

Job – US History: Native American History. Due: Feb 1, 2016

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Job Announcement: Native American History

The Department of History at California State University, Sacramento invites applications for a probationary, tenure-track Assistant Professor in U.S history with a specialization in Native American history in the period up to 1877 to begin Fall 2016.

The successful candidate must be able to teach the first half of the lower-division U.S. history survey, upper-division courses in Native American history, and other courses in the area of specialization, including graduate seminars. Additional position requirements: engage in research and scholarly activity related to Native American history, supervise undergraduate and graduate research, advise history majors, serve on department, college, and university committees, and advance university engagement with the community.

The PhD in History or a related field must be completed by August 15, 2016. Experience as a university-level instructor is desirable. Applicants should demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population and the potential for teaching and research excellence. California State University, Sacramento has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2016; position open until filled.

Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State job website located at Click on the “External Applicants” link titled “Faculty, Staff and Management Opportunities at Sacramento State.” Complete instructions for the electronic application are found at the link labeled “Instructions.”

Candidates must upload the following attachments with the electronic application:

1. A cover letter indicating teaching and research qualifications.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Writing sample.
4. Graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted, official required for interview).
5. Sample syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available.

Candidates must also have three (3) recent letters of recommendation sent by regular mail to: Chair, Native American History Search Committee, Department of History, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA  95819-6059.

For questions about the position or application procedure, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Aaron Cohen, by email at Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Clery Act statistics available.

The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Worth Reading Today, and Every Day

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The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Worth Reading Today, and Every Day

by ICTMN Staff
The question “Do Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?” has no simple answer. American Indians are not a monolithic people, but a collection of many cultures, and individuals within cultures are certainly bound to have different feelings about the day based on their own experiences and upbringings. “No, I don’t celebrate [Thanksgiving]” wrote Dennis Zotigh in a 2011 essay. “But I do take advantage of the holiday and get together with family and friends to share a large meal without once thinking of the Thanksgiving in 1621. I think it is the same in many Native households.”

Another answer many American Indians give to the question is that, yes, they do give thanks on the day designated Thanksgiving—just as they they give thanks for the gifts from the Creator every day. Being thankful is not something you do on a specific day, in a specific setting; being thankful is something you are.

Native expressions of thanks, of thanks-giving, are therefore not tied to a holiday or event. They are appropriate every day, including the day called Thanksgiving. The National Museum of the American Indian has shared the spirit of thankfulness with this version of a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address …Read More.

Job – Assistant Professor in Native American History (tenure track), University of Massachusetts, Boston

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Assistant Professor in Native American History
Department of History
University of Massachusetts Boston
The History Department of the University of Massachusetts Boston welcomes applicants for a position as tenure-track assistant professor in Native American history beginning September 1, 2016.
We seek candidates who will take advantage of our setting in coastal urban New England to forge intellectual projects or community engagement.  Area of research specialization is open, but we are interested in candidates who study the 16th-19th centuries, with expertise in regions east of the Mississippi, U.S./Canada borderlands, or Maritime studies.  Candidates who work in gender history, history of health and medicine, environmental history, digital history, oral history, or comparative textual traditions will complement existing strengths.
Successful candidates will show evidence of dynamic and effective teaching, an active research agenda, and the organizational or community-building skills to develop our Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. Successful candidates will have completed a Ph.D. in History or a closely related field by August 31, 2016.
Additional Information
The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.
Application Instructions
Review of applications will begin by Dec. 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.
Candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching experience and approach, sample of work of up to 30 pages, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and graduate transcripts online through the link available at
Please direct inquiries to the search committee chair at


Movement replacing Columbus Day with events honoring Native Americans gains steam around US

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Movement replacing Columbus Day with events honoring Native Americans gains steam around US

Travis Mazawaficuna of the Dakota Nation (Sioux) Native American tribe arrives with others to the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples outside the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, in this file photo taken August 9, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files

About four miles from the world’s largest Christopher Columbus parade in midtown Manhattan on Monday, hundreds of Native Americans and their supporters will hold a sunrise prayer circle to honor ancestors who were slain or driven from their land.

The ceremony will begin the final day of a weekend “powwow” on Randall’s Island in New York’s East River, an event that features traditional dancing, story-telling and art.

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s powwow is both a celebration of Native American culture and an unmistakable counterpoint to the parade, which many detractors say honors a man who symbolizes centuries of oppression of aboriginal people by Europeans.

Organizers hope to call attention to issues of social and economic injustice that have dogged Native Americans since Christopher Columbus led his path-finding expedition to the “New World” in 1492.

The powwow has been held for the past 20 years but never on Columbus Day. It is part of a drive by Native Americans and their supporters throughout the country, who are trying to rebrand Columbus Day as a holiday that honors indigenous people, rather than their European conquerors. Their efforts have been successful in several U.S. cities this year.

“The fact that America would honor this man is preposterous,” said Cliff Matias, lead organizer of the powwow and a lifelong Brooklyn resident who claims blood ties with Latin America’s Taino and Kichwa nations. “It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.”

But for many Italian Americans, who take pride in the explorer’s Italian roots, the holiday is a celebration of their heritage and role in building America. Many of them are among the strongest supporters of keeping the traditional holiday alive.

Berkeley, California, was the first city to drop Columbus Day, replacing it in 1992 with Indigenous Peoples Day. The trend has gradually picked up steam across the country.

Last year, Minneapolis and Seattle became the first major U.S. cities to designate the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

This month, Portland, Oregon, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bexar County, Texas, decided to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with the new holiday. Oklahoma City is set for a vote on a similar proposal later this month… Read More


The Carolina Postdoctoral Program For Faculty Diversity, Due: Nov. 16, 2015

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As part of a continuing commitment to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and advancing scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) is pleased to offer postdoctoral research appointments for a period of two years. The purpose of CPPFD is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research and may teach only one course per fiscal year. This program is funded by the State of North Carolina.

The CPPFD is a nationally recognized and extremely competitive program. We typically receive more than 750 applications per year and typically fund 4-5 new postdoctoral researchers per year.

$42,000 per calendar year and $2,000 per year research fund for research expenses, including travel.

Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree within the past five years and no later than July 1st of the current year.
The primary criterion for selection is evidence of scholarship potentially competitive for tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities.

Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill strongly encourages applications from American Indian, African American, and Hispanic scholars.  (American Indian candidates should be enrolled citizens of a federally-recognized tribe or a North Carolina state-recognized tribe.)

Application materials
Cover letter addressed to Vice Chancellor Barbara Entwisle
Curriculum vitae
A statement of research plans (1-3 pages)
A personal statement on why you should be selected for this program (1–3 pages)
Writing samples (e.g., publications and/or dissertation chapters) – Visual Artists should include a portfolio of their artwork in lieu of writing samples.*
Three references for letters of recommendation

All Materials must be submitted through online application system to be accepted.  Link will be active September 15, 2015
*VA Candidate’s Portfolio should include on a CD/DVD up to 16 images and/or 4 videos as well as a short description of each image/video. The CD/DVD should be mailed separately to

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
301 Bynum Hall, CB#4100
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-4100

The application deadline is November 16 at 11:59 EST.

Contact Information
For questions or additional information regarding the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, please contact:

American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS)
Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote (Kiowa Tribe)
Coodinator, AIIS (in American Studies) and
Assistant Professor of American Studies

Jennifer Pruitt
Program Coordinator, CPPFD

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Native American Dream: Ojibwe Woman Leads Sustainability Movement Off Reservation

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The Native American Dream: Ojibwe Woman Leads Sustainability Movement Off Reservation


Raising chickens, rabbits, and goats, and producing enough organic crops to keep a family of three plus friends and neighbors well fed brings to mind hay barns and fields amid a rural landscape.

But the farm-like environment of Monycka Snowbird’s property sits in the center of Colorado Springs, a city of more than 440,000 residents. Snowbird and her two daughters butcher their own meat, collect eggs and milk, and make cheeses and soaps in addition to growing and harvesting a variety of vegetation, which flourishes on about a tenth of an acre.

Urban farming—also known as urban homesteading or backyard or micro farming—isn’t rare, but what makes Snowbird’s endeavors unique is the mix of indigenous knowledge, techniques, and values the Ojibwe mother of two infuses into the food and household products she makes and teaches others to practice.

“You can’t be sovereign if you can’t feed yourself,” says Snowbird, 40, borrowing a line from Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), an environmental activist and founder of Honor the Earth. “One of the ways colonizers controlled Indian people was to take our food sources away. Let’s reclaim our food.”

Snowbird works with both Native and non-Native organizations throughout the Pikes Peak region to educate and promote the benefits of urban food production. She leads educational classes for children and adults, including seed cultivation, plant recognition, harvesting, livestock butchering, and more.