NAS is proud to announce that Professor Kirby Brown’s book, Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970, was awarded the Thomas J. Lyons prize by the Western Literature Association for the best single-authored book published in Western American literary studies in 2018.
Published by the University of Oklahoma Press and illustrated by Cherokee artist Roy Boney, the book examines how four Cherokee writers–John Milton Oskison, Rachel Caroline Eaton, Rollie Lynn Riggs, and Ruth Muskrat Bronson–variously remembered, imagined, and enacted Cherokee nationhood in the period between Oklahoma statehood in 1907 and tribal reorganization in the early 1970s.
Often read as a period of assimilationist resignation or accommodationist ambivalence, Kirby recovers this period as a rich archive of Cherokee literary and intellectual production with much to teach us about questions of sovereignty, nationhood, citizenship, community, and belonging across Indian Country and Native American and Indigenous Studies today.
Congratulations to Jennifer O’Neal (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde), Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist, for being awarded the Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship at Yale University! Sponsored by the Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA), the Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies has helped to develop American Indian Studies at Yale by facilitating the completion of the doctorate by scholars working on pressing issues related to the American Indian experience and Indigenous Studies. The Fellowship supports a graduate scholar in any doctoral field for the 2018-2019 academic year to work toward completion of the dissertation during the fellowship year.
The Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship honors the legacy of Henry Roe Cloud, a member of the Winnebago Nation of Nebraska and graduate of Yale College, 1910. A tireless critic of federal Indian assimilation programs and a proponent of increased educational opportunities for American Indians, Roe Cloud transformed American Indian higher education through his leadership of the Society of American Indians, his founding of the American Indian Institute, and as co-author of “The Problem of Indian Administration,” commonly known as “The Meriam Report,” an extensive survey made at the request of Secretary of the Interior that detailed the appalling failures of federal Indian policy in the early twentieth century. This survey, presented to Congress in 1928, helped to set in motion many of the subsequent reforms of the Indian New Deal.
The fellow will work in close affiliation with the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and will have access to Yale’s exceptional research libraries. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in addition to its premier collection of Western Americana, also holds the papers of many important American Indian writers, including Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, and James Welch, as well as those of important policy makers such as Felix Cohen and Richard Henry Pratt. Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling Memorial Library holds the papers of John Collier and Henry Roe Cloud.
The Roe Cloud Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the recently established Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). The Center supports research and teaching on race, indigenous studies, and migration by advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching on these topics at Yale; connecting faculty members, students, existing research efforts, administrative units, and relevant courses of study in new and innovative ways; and promoting collaborations between members of the Yale Community and beyond, through partnerships with local, national, and international institutions, organizations, and individuals. Other opportunities include activities at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders; the Native American Cultural Center; as well as the YGSNA working group. Formed in 2003 to bring together the intellectual community at Yale working in the area of Native American Studies, YGSNA organizes bi-monthly workshops throughout the academic year as well as related academic events on campus. (http://ygsna.sites.yale.edu)
Jennifer will work toward completing her dissertation in history from Georgetown University that focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of the social, political, and historical intersections of Native American transnational activism within the late twentieth century, centered within the field of indigenous studies and foreign relations.
NAS English Professor Kirby Brown (Cherokee Nation) featured in OsiyoTV segment on Cherokee playwright Lynn Riggs
In this episode, Brown speaks about Bronson’s almost six-decade-long career of service and activism on behalf of Native peoples, communities, and nations. In addition to teaching alongside Ella Deloria and Henry Roe Cloud at Haskell Institute, Bronson also founded the American Indian Higher Education Scholarship Program while an employee at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was a founding member and executive officer for the National Congress of American Indians. As Brown notes in the feature, “Ruth Muskrat Bronson is one of the most important American Indian figures of the early 20th century who almost no one knows of or writes about.” Brown’s work on Bronson’s life and work seeks to change that.
The interviews were recorded during the Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend. The Holiday remembers and honors the arrival in Indian Territory of the last detachments of Cherokee people forcibly removed from their homelands in the US Southeast on the Trail of Tears in 1839.
Gabriela Pérez Báez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and member of Native Strategies, will be setting up a Language Revitalization Lab in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon. Broadly speaking, language revitalization refers to efforts intended to support the use of a language, with a focus on those languages that are endangered.
Dr. Pérez Báez would like to invite anyone to whom the topic of language revitalization is relevant to join her for a consultation towards planning the Language Revitalization Lab. The consultations will be held in the following times and locations:
- October 11 at 10:30am at the Northwest Indian Language Institute, 1629 Moss St.
- October 23 at 4pm in the Language Revitalization Lab, 261 Straub
Please let her know at https://goo.gl/forms/aDznNCQck
Click here for more on Dr. Pérez Báez’s work.
Indigenous Studies Exchange (ISE) Program Scholarship
The UO-Otago Indigenous Studies Exchange (ISE) program provides unique opportunities for select students from each campus to immerse themselves in Native American and Indigenous Studies academic and cultural activities in an international context. The Office of International Affairs will offer full scholarships* to two UO students to participate in the inaugural cohort during the Fall 2019 Semester (July – November) at the University of Otago.
Native American Studies (NAS) Minors at the University of Oregon will have the opportunity to explore Indigenous sovereignty and Native studies through the lens of the University of Otago’s Te Tumu School of Maori Pacific and Indigenous Studies programs, an experience designed to help students frame their understanding of Native American and Indigenous Studies topics in the United States within a broader international Indigenous Studies perspective. Similarly, University of Otago students will have the opportunity to live with, learn from, and work alongside Native American students, Native American Studies minors, and tribal communities in and around the University of Oregon.
The UO-Otago ISE Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, airfare, passport and visa application fees (if applicable), and additional fees associated with required course or extra-curricular activities (if applicable).
Click here for a scholarship application packet
To apply for the UO-Otago ISE Scholarship, submit the following materials (in word or pdf format) in one email to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
- Unofficial Transcript
- Letter of Recommendation from an employer, volunteer coordinator, or member of a tribal community (Your recommendation letter may be submitted separately by the recommender to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- A Personal Statement that explains your desire to participate in the UO-Otago ISE exchange (2-3 pgs max). Your personal statement should also address the following two topics:
- Your academic goals and expectations for participation in this program.
- Examples of your community engagement and/or extra-curricular activities that are relevant for this program.
- Essay Question (1 pg max): In what ways has your NAS coursework and your experience in college prepared you to participate in the UO-Otago Indigenous Studies Exchange program
All application materials must be submitted to email@example.com no later than 5pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2018.
GEO Advisor Kristen Kalbrener (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The College of Arts and Sciences is currently accepting online applications for the following scholarships and fellowships for 2018-2019:
Mildred Braaten Archibald Scholarship Fund in Science and Mathematics
Mary Chambers Brockelbank Endowed Assistance Fund
Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship
Hazel Leonard Buck Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship
Clarence and Lucille Dunbar Scholarship
Henry V. Howe Scholarship
Hildegard Kurz Foreign Language Scholarship
John L. and Naomi Luvaas Graduate Fellowship
Miller Family Graduate Award in Technology & Science
Everett D. Monte Scholarship
Risa Palm Graduate Fellowship
Charles A. Reed Graduate Fellowship
Marthe E. Smith Memorial Science Scholarship
Clayton and Sheryl Steinke General Social Sciences Scholarship
Carolyn M. Stokes Memorial Scholarship
Susan A. Winn Memorial Scholarship
Please visit http://cas.uoregon.edu/cas-scholarships/ for more information on each scholarship’s criteria, average award amounts, and a link to the online application materials. The application deadline is Monday, February 26, 2018.
If you have any questions please contact the College of Arts and Sciences by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 346-0045.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Native Duck Fund crowdsourcing campaign is now live!
The Native Duck Fund is a professional development fund for Native American students at the University of Oregon. Students have access to various financial aid programs to help cover tuition, fees, and cost of living while attending the University of Oregon, but they often encounter financial roadblocks to professional development opportunities, such as conferences, academic competitions, and other meritorious work that would significantly enhance their career goals. Because Native American poverty rates are nearly double the poverty rate of the general US population, expenses such as conference fees and travel costs for research or internship opportunities often prove prohibitive for students to overcome. This fund would support Native students seeking to develop a career in any field by assisting with the cost of supplies, equipment, and travel related expenses to attend and compete in academic competitions.
While we are already over halfway to our goal of $10,000 goal, we encourage you to click on the link, contribute, and share this announcement widely across all your networks and social media. Links to share on Facebook and Twitter are available on the website:
Please consider making a donation to support Native American students! Nkena!
With warm regards,
Brian Klopotek and Jason Younker
Co-Directors of the Native Duck Fund
Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Native American Studies minor, program director
Assistant Vice President
Advisor to the President on Tribal Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations