American Indian Studies

Past Southeast Indian Studies Conferences

Eleventh Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 16-17, 2015
University Center Annex

Keynote Speaker

LeAnne Howe

LeAnne Howe writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, scholarship, and plays that deal with Native experiences.  An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her first novel Shell Shaker, Aunt Lute Books, 2001 received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation. The French translation Equinoxes Rouge was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards.  Evidence of Red, Salt Publishing, UK, 2005 won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry in 2006. Howe’s second novel, Miko KingsAn Indian Baseball Story, Aunt Lute Books, 2007 was chosen by Hampton University in Virginia as their 2009-2010 Read-in Selection.

Her most recent books released in 2013 are Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, MSUP Press, co-authored with Harvey Markowitz and Denise Cummings; and, Choctalking on Other RealitiesNew and Selected StoriesA Memoir, Aunt Lute Books.

Her recent awards include: the 2012 USA Artist Ford Fellowship, a $50,000 grant from United States Artists, a not for profit organization.  Howe joins a class of 2012 awardees that includes Annie Proulx, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, David Henry Hwang, Edgar Heap of Birds, Adrienne Kennedy, and many others.

In 2012 she was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas 2011 she was awarded the 2011 Tulsa Library Trust’s “American Indian Author Award” at Central Library in Tulsa, OK.

Howe was a 2010-2011 J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, Amman.  Her new novel-in-progress, Memoir of a Choctaw in the Arab Revolts 1917 & 2011 is set in Bilaad ash Sham, and Allen, Oklahoma. 

She makes her homes in Ada, Oklahoma, Amman, Jordan, and Athens, Georgia where she is currently the Eidson Distinguished Chair in English at the University of Georgia.

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Tenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 10-11, 2014
University Center Annex

Dr. Melanie Benson Taylor

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Melanie Benson Taylor is an associate professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, working at the intersections of Native and U.S. Southern literature and culture. She is the author of Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002 (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (University of Georgia Press, 2012), as well as essays on William Faulkner, Louis Owens, Barry Hannah, Dawn Karima Pettigrew, and others. Her current book projects include Indian Killers, an exploration of violence in contemporary American literature by and about Native peoples, and Faulkner’s Doom, a study of Faulkner’s Indian characters as refractions of economic anxiety in the modern South.


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Ninth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 11-12, 2013
The Regional Center at COMtech

Lynette Allston

Keynote Speaker

Lynette Lewis Allston resides in the place where she spent her formative years through high school, on the family farm in Drewryville, (Southampton County) Virginia.  A graduate of Duke University with a degree in History and certification in secondary education, she maintained a dual residency in South Carolina and Virginia and returned to Virginia after retiring from two decades of business ownership in South Carolina.  Since the death of her maternal grandparents in 1987, she has operated the family farm that has been passed down through multiple generations.  Lynette is currently Chief and Chair of the Tribal Council of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, one of 11 Tribes officially recognized by the Commonwealth. Her organizational and leadership skills are evident in the many years devoted to community initiatives.  Under her leadership, the primary focus of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia has been to offer educational outreach and opportunities to close the gap that exists in understanding the history and culture of the Nottoway Indians. She is co-author of the book entitled, DoTraTung, which offers a compelling look at the history, culture and lifestyle of the Nottoway Indians.  DoTraTung, the Nottoway word for “New Moon”, symbolizes a fresh outlook for the future of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia.