Current Native American Studies MA Program Students
From: Boston, MA, but born in NY. My mother and aunt are from Butte, so that's my connection to Montana.
Education: I spent a few years in Dillon MT at UMW for my undergrad. I graduated with a degree in history from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2020. I came here to MSU to join the NAS Masters program in 2021.
Research Interests: landback movement, and tribal affiliation.
From: Lancaster, PA
Education: B.S. in Conservation Biology
Research Interest: Decolonizing food systems, food sovereignty, companion ways of knowing
From: I am an enrolled member and from the Amskapi Pikuni Nation.
Education: Bachelor of Art - Environmental Studies
Research Interests: Native American Policy and current Native American topics that are of concern of one's culture; the representation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, the representation of Contemporary Native American issues, and Climate Change adaptation.
Videography and GIS will allow me to highlight language and its relationship to the land, through an interactive educational story map, which I plan to give to the local Tribal College Library. Showcasing the rich and long history within the given landscape, will help guide and educate the next generation and pass on Indigenous ways of knowing, within the Amskapi Pikuni community.
From: Obaashiing! Ponemah, Minnesota
Origin: Dakota/Ojibwe, descendant of The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana, and enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation
Education: Indigenous Studies degree, double minor international relations, political science
Interests: Language revitalization, Boys and Girls Clubs and student organizations, building international relationships with other Indigenous and Tribal Nations, Native American history.
From: I was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and spent most of my adult life in Kansas before moving to south Texas 12 years ago.
Research Interests: My area of interest is Indigenous voice and land acknowledgment in the National Park System, with a shift from recognition to acknowledgment through re-naming and Tribal consultation in all areas at NPS service sites on ancestral lands.
From: Belgrade, MT
Research Interest: The cultural and political implications of international borders dividing Indigenous homelands.
"You can't know a place, if you don't know her people." -Alexander Newby
From: Boulder, MT
Research Interests: Preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages; and combining conventional medical knowledge with plant knowledge for community wellness and food sovereignty.
From: Poplar, MT