Fifteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
March 21-22, 2019
Museum of the Southeast American Indian
The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.
Stacey Halfmoon is a citizen of the Caddo Nation and is also a Choctaw Nation and Delaware Nation descendent. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and over her 20 year career has completed innumerable trainings and courses in museum studies, cultural resource management, tribal consultation, and American Indian Federal Law. Shortly after, in 1994, she began her career working for the Caddo Nation in Binger, Oklahoma in the Cultural Preservation Department. Her time there spanned ten productive years and produced innumerable cultural projects as well as partnerships with federal, state and educational agencies in the four state area of the Caddo homeland – northwest Louisiana, southwest Arkansas, southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas.
In 2001, Stacey served on assignment to the U.S. Department of Defense in the role of the Senior Tribal Liaison in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment). During the appointment, she managed DOD’s Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP). Another primary duty was national implementation of DOD's American Indian and Alaska Native Policy. This included organizing American Indian Cultural Communication Courses aimed to educate military personnel about American Indian history, policy, and consultation required under federal law.
She returned to Oklahoma and served as Director of Community Outreach and Museum Programs at The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum until 2015. Located in downtown Oklahoma City and envisioned as the premier destination for sharing the histories and cultures of the thirty-nine Tribal Nations in Oklahoma, Stacey revitalized the project’s tribal outreach efforts. She also served on the Leadership Team supporting institutional development, exhibition design, architectural coordination and development of educational programs and events.
Stacey relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 2015 to serve as the Director of American Indian Relations for the Ohio History Connection. At the Ohio History Connection, she promotes knowledge and understanding of American Indians history in Ohio and fosters collaborative relationships with the many federally-recognized tribes who hold deep connections to Ohio. Under her leadership, the organization has established an annual Tribal Nations Conference, implemented a guidance document for the American Indian sites managed by the Ohio History Connection, and is developing its first American Indian Policy.