Southeast Indian Studies Conference

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.

Devon Mihesuah

Sixteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
March 18-19, 2021
Via Zoom

Keynote Speaker

Devon Mihesuah is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Humanities Program at the University of Kansas. A historian by training, she is the author of numerous award-winning non-fiction and fiction books, including Ned Christie; Choctaw Crime and Punishment: 1884-1907; American Indigenous Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism, and Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness. Her 18th book, Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, co-edited with Elizabeth Hoover, was published last fall. She is former Editor of the American Indian Quarterly and the University Nebraska Press book series, “Contemporary Indigenous Issues.” She oversees the American Indian Health and Diet Project at KU and the Facebook page, Indigenous Eating.

In her address, "The Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement in 2021," Devon Mihesuah will discuss the meaning and importance of food sovereignty for Native peoples in the United States. Despite the growing enthusiasm for Indigenous food and initiatives designed to empower tribes across the country to control their own food production, she asks whether and how food sovereignty can actually be achieved and sustained.


  • Admission is free but registration is required to attend the conference.
  • Register for the conference
  • Registrants will receive information on how to virtually attend the conference.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

1-1:10p.m.                  WELCOME
                                      Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs

1:10-2:10p.m.             SESSION I

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, Session Chair

  • Kindra Locklear and Mary Beth Locklear, Lumbee Girls Who Code: Breaking Cultural Barriers Through Innovative Approaches
  • Dr. Tiffany Locklear, Dr. Brenda Deese, and Dr. Denise Hunt, Old Main STREAM Academy

2:10-2:20p.m.             QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

2:20-4:05p.m.             SESSION II

Dr. Jamie Mize, Session Chair                       

  • Dr. Tiffany Locklear, Dr. Denise Hunt and Dr. Donna DeGennaroUnlocking Silent Histories: Lumbee Youth Film Screening
  • Dr. Larry Tise, The Color of Indians: America’s First Coloring Books, 1590-1602

4:05-4:15p.m.             QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

4:15-4:45p.m.             KEYNOTE SPEAKER DR. DEVON MIHESUAH
                                       Introduction by Dr. Jane Haladay

4:45-4:55p.m.             QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

4:55-5:55p.m.              NETWORKING

5:55-6p.m.                   CLOSING REMARKS

Friday, March 19, 2021

1-1:10p.m.                   WELCOME
                                       Dr. Jamie Mize

1:10-2:10p.m.             SESSION III

Chandler Allred, Session Chair

  • Dr. Jody Thomas, Lumbee Perceptions About Community Violence
  • Jessica M. Locklear, Leaving the Land I Call Home: Retaining and Reaffirming Lumbee Identity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1950-2004

2:10-2:20p.m.             QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

2:20-3:20p.m.             SESSION IV

Angelina Henhawk, Session Chair

  • Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus, New Insights about Cherokee Missions from the Moravian Archives, Winston-Salem
  • Ciranna Bird, NC Tribes Growing Their Own Food: Challenges and Success Stories

3:20-3:30p.m.             QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

3:30-4p.m.                  SESSION V

Noreen Johnson, Session Chair

  • Chelle McIntyre-Brewer, Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer and Lena Brooker, Indigenous Perspectives in Medical Clinical Settings

4-4:10p.m.                  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

4:10-5:10p.m.             NETWORKING

5:10-5:20p.m.             CLOSING REMARKS

If you need an accommodation to access the program and/or program materials, please contact Alesia J. Cummings at 910.521.6266 no later than five business days prior to the program.  However, a good faith effort will be made for any request made less than five days in advance.

The Southeast Indian Studies Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, the Museum of the Southeast American Indian and the Southeast American Indian Studies Program.

For more information, contact the Department of American Indian Studies at or 910.521.6266.

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