KEYNOTE: The History of the School for Advanced Research and its Relationship to Indigenous Peoples

Speaker: Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Arizona State University

IARC Speaker Series, Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 pm, Admission is free.

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The support of Indigenous arts and histories has always been a keystone to the mission of SAR. From the leadership and longstanding support of Board member (1932-1964) Tsianina Redfeather Blackstone to the establishment of the Indian Arts Research Center and its artist fellowship program, SAR’s involvement with indigenous issues has shifted over the years. In this keynote lecture, great-grandniece to Tsianina Blackstone and former SAR Board member (2006-2015), Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, will discuss the development of SAR and its relationships with indigenous issues—including challenges and accomplishments—over the last century.




Videography by José Cruzado.




K. Tsianina LomawaimaK. Tsianina LomawaimaK. Tsianina LomawaimaK. Tsianina Lomawaima (Mvskoke / Creek Nation, not enrolled) joined Arizona State University in January 2014. From 1994-2014 she served on the faculty of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, serving as head from 2005-2009. From 1988–1994, she was a member of the Anthropology & American Indian Studies faculty at the University of Washington.

The recipient of numerous teaching honors, including the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Lomawaima’s teaching interests include U.S. history, American Indian policy history, Indigenous knowledge systems, and research issues in American Indian education.

Her research interests include the status of Native people as U.S. citizens and Native nations as Indigenous sovereigns, the role of Native nations in shaping U.S. federalism, and the history of American Indian schooling. Research on the federal off-reservation boarding school system is rooted in the experiences of her father, Curtis Thorpe Carr, a survivor of Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in Oklahoma, where he was enrolled from 1927 to 1935.

Many of her books have garnered national recognition, including: To Remain an Indian (Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association); and They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School (North American Indian Prose Award, American Educational Association Critics’ Choice Award).

Lomawaima served as 2012-2013 President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association/NAISA, which she helped found in 2007, and as 2005 President of the American Society for Ethnohistory. She was awarded the Western History Association Lifetime Achievement Award for American Indian History in 2010; in 2016 she was selected a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and elected to the National Academy of Education.

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