American Indian Studies

Publications & Presentations


2016: Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs edited American Indian Women of Proud Nations: Essays on History, Language and Education (Peter Lang, 2015) with Dr. Cherry Beasley and Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus. This multidisciplinary collection of nine previously unpublished essays presents new research in three interlocking domains: tribal history with a special emphasis on Native women in the Southeast, language revitalization efforts and the narrative knowledge inherent in indigenous oral culture, and traditional educational systems in the context of the ongoing colonization of American Indian educational practices and values. This volume highlights Southeastern Indian issues and demonstrates the unique situation of women in tribes lacking (full) federal recognition or a more inclusive and multidisciplinary discussion of Native women in more than one tribal nation. Southeastern themes are linked with topics of concern by other tribal nations to show commonalities and raised awareness about the central experiences and contributions of Native women in the encounter and ongoing struggle with Euro-American systems of oppression and cultural erasure.

April, 2015: Dr. Jane Haladay wins award for best scholarly publication at the 2015 Native American Literature Symposium. Dr. Haladay won the Beatrice Medicine Award for best critical essay of the year on Native American literature, given by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. The article is titled "Keeping It Real: Simon Ortiz Resists 'The San Francisco Indians,'" published in Wicazo Sa Review, Volume 29, Number 2, Fall 2014, pp. 5-24.

December, 2014: Dr. Jay Hansford C. Vest publishes new book, "Native American Oralcy: Interpretations of Indigenous Thought" (Vernon, BC: JCharlton Publishing, 2014). Native American Oralcy: Interpretations of Indigenous Thought is a work of criticism designed to challenge the misadventures of modernity in its divorce from the organic world.  Engaging Native American / First Nations oral traditions as they embrace an paradigm of thought that engenders accord with nature, this study challenges the creeping ideological abstractions that ensue with the mind-over-matter mentality of the Western literary paradigm.  It is an insight into the once and future wisdom essential to earth care.

2014: Dr. Stan Knick "Knowledge, Wisdom and the Traditional Mind: The Nottoway in the 21st Century" (director, producer, editor, videographer).  An ethnographic video.  Winner of the Best Regional Film at the 17th Annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast.

2013: Dr. Stan Knick "Prostate Cancer in Indian Country: Lumbee Indian Men Speak Out" (videographer and editor; directed and produced with Ronny Bell). An ethnographic video.

2012: Dr. Stan Knick "Waccamaw Indian People of South Carolina" (videographer. editor; directed and produced with Michael Spivey). An ethnographic video.

November 3, 2012: Dr. Rose Stremlau’s book, Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation, was awarded the Willie Lee Rose Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. This is for the best book on any topic in Southern history written by a woman and published during the previous calendar year. The award is named after Willie Lee Rose, a path-breaking female historian and professor at Johns Hopkins University who wrote about race and slavery in the South. The award was presented by Dr. Janann Sherman, professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Memphis.

Sustaining the Cherokee Family also was given an honorable mention by the committee deciding the Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, an award given each year by the American Society for Ethnohistory for the best book-length monograph published the previous year. The book also was a finalist (one of six) for the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, which is given each year by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to the best book on a topic related to the region published during the previous year.