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Devon Mihesuah

Devon Mihesuah

Thursday, November 15, 2018
"The Story of Ned Christie: Untruths and Their Consequences”
Native American Heritage Keynote Address

Devon Mihesuah is the Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in International Cultural Understanding at the University of Kansas, a Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the creator of the American Indian Health and Diet Project, the former editor of American Indian Quarterly and the author of over a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction, including most recently Ned Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee Hero, as well as American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities, So You Want to Write about American Indians?, Choctaw Crime and Punishment: 1884-1907, Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the U.S (edited, with Elizabeth Hoover, forthcoming in 2019).

Prior to moving to the University of Kansas in 2005, Mihesuah taught for 15 years at Northern Arizona University, where she was Professor of Applied Indigenous Studies and History. After completing degrees in Education and History, Mihesuah went on to earn her PhD in American History from Texas Christian University, where her dissertation on the history of the Cherokee Female Seminary received the Phi Alpha Theta/Westerners International Award for Best Dissertation in Western History.

Mihesuah’s teaching, research and writing career has been devoted to the empowerment and well-being of indigenous peoples. For the nine years she served as Editor of the American Indian Quarterly, Mihesuah attempted to bring indigenous concerns and voices to the forefront of academic writing. Her own research, writing and speaking focuses on decolonization strategies and she one of the handful of indigenous writers who successfully writes non-fiction and fiction. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about issues pertaining to empowerment of indigenous peoples; her works are cited and reprinted in hundreds of publications and her books and essays are used in classrooms across the world.

Mihesuah is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships and awards, from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution, American Council of Learned Societies, Newberry Library, Arizona Humanities Council, American Historical Association, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, American Educational Studies Association, Phi Alpha Theta, Westerners International, Arizona Writers’ Association, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers, Oklahoma Historical Society, Flagstaff Live! And the KU Crystal Eagle American Indian Leadership Award. She was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Book Award. At Northern Arizona University, she received the Native American Students United Award for Outstanding Faculty, the President's Award for Outstanding Faculty and the Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, the Office of Diversity, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences and the Honors Program

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