Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities / Edition 1

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Continuing the thought-provoking dialogue launched in the acclaimed anthology Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians, leading Native scholars from diverse disciplines and communities offer uncompromising assessments of current scholarship on and by Indigenous peoples and the opportunities awaiting them in the Ivory Tower.

The issues covered are vital and extensive, including how activism shapes the careers of Native academics; the response of academe and Native scholars to current issues and needs in Indian Country; and the problems of racism, territoriality, and ethnic fraud in academic hiring. The contributors offer innovative approaches to incorporating Indigenous values and perspectives into the research methodologies and interpretive theories of scholarly disciplines such as psychology, political science, archaeology, and history and suggest ways to educate and train Indigenous students. They provide examples of misunderstanding and sometimes hostility from both non-Natives and Natives that threaten or circumscribe the careers of Native scholars in higher education. They also propose ways to effect meaningful change through building networks of support inside and outside the Native academic community. Designed for classroom use, Indigenizing the Academy features a series of probing questions designed to spark student discussion and essay-writing.

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Editorial Reviews

"The anthology demonstrates that courage is a good thing, calling the academy on its overexposure to Western rubrics and pointing out trails to a new, more Native, set of methods and theories."—Choice
Great Plains Quarterly - William G. Demmert Jr.
“A thought-provoking collection of articles by Native American scholars regarding the intellectual and psychological environments they encounter as students, university faculty, researchers, and authors.”—William G. Demmert Jr., Great Plains Quarterly
Chronicles of Oklahoma - Ron Briley
“The volume is certainly addressed to readers in the university community, but the authors refrain from academic jargon, making the book accessible to nonacademic audiences who might learn a great deal about contemporary Native American perspectives and issues.”—Ron Briley, Chronicles of Oklahoma
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803282926
  • Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Contemporary Indigenous Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,523,125
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Devon Abbott Mihesuah is a professor of applied Indigenous studies and history at Northern Arizona University. Her books include Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism and Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. Angela Cavender Wilson is an assistant professor of Indigenous history at Arizona State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Marginal and Submarginal 16
2 Acamedic Gatekeepers 31
3 Corrupt State University: The Organizational Psychology of Native Experience in Higher Education 48
4 Reclaiming Our Humanity: Decolonization and the Recovery of Indigenous Knowledge 69
5 Warrior Scholarship: Seeing the University as a Ground of Contention 88
6 Seeing (and Reading) Red: Indian Outlaws in the Ivory Tower 100
7 Keeping Culture in Mind: Transforming Academic Training in Professional Psychology for Indian Country 124
8 Should American Indian History Remain a Field of Study? 143
9 Teaching Indigenous Cultural Resource Management 160
10 In the Trenches: A Critical Look at the Isolation of American Indian Political Practices in the Nonempirical Social Science of Political Science 174
11 Graduating Indigenous Students by Confronting the Academic Environment 191
12 So You Think You Hired an "Indian" Faculty Member?" The Ethnic Fraud Paradox in Higher Education 200
13 Not the End of the Stories, Not the End of the Songs: Visualizing, Signifying, Counter-colonizing 218
App.: Questions for Reflection 233
Contributors 235
Index 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Natives in Academia

    In recent decades, American historians have significantly re-evaluated the role of Native Americans in the continent's history. Largely, of course, this was done by academics who were not themselves of that ethnicity. A roundabout way of saying that most were white, and male, for that matter. But there has also been an increasing number of Natives ascending the academic ladder. First as students, and then as faculty. A decades-long process. It has produced enough people, thus far, to enable the editors to put together this book. Here, the emphasis is not so much on changing a typical view of Natives in history, but instead on the academic environment itself, and how it impacts Natives trying to fit in. Which can be very difficult, as some articles in the book attest. A typical Native student might not have a family tradition of reaching college as a student, let alone as an academic. The editors have amassed very articulate concerns. Quite readable.

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