Dr. Tiya Miles
(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Ties That Bind: The Story of an
Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (Forthcoming, Berkeley:
University of California Press, Spring 2005) and several forthcoming
articles including “Africans and Native Americans,” co-authored with Barbara
Krauthamer, Blackwell Companion to African-American History, ed.,
Alton Hornsby Jr., (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing),
“His Kingdom for a Kiss: Indians and Intimacy in the Narrative of John
Marrant,” Tense and Tender Ties: Race and Empire in North American
History, ed., Ann Laura Stoler (Durham: Duke University Press), and
“African-Americans in Southeastern Indian Societies," co-authored with Celia
Naylor-Ojurongbe, Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 14
Southeast, ed., Raymond Fogelson (Smithsonian).
-- Dine'/African American
Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’ (Red-Orche-on-Cheek) clan and is born for the African-Americans. A Canyon Records recording artist, Indie Award Winner and two-time Native American Award Nominee, and the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. Born and raised on the Navajo Nation, she spent her childhood herding sheep, carding and spinning wool, and searching with her grandmother for lost sheep and their lambs. A survivor of domestic violence, Cody uses her personal experiences to advocate strongly against the epidemic of violence. As a biracial person she attempts to communicate positive messages about her dual identity as children who are biracial or multiracial still bear the brunt of prejudice.
Littlefield (University of Arkansas)
Presentation title: "The Politics of Researching Black Indians"
Since 1983, Dr.
Littlefield has served as director of the
American Native Press Archives, the world's largest archival repository of
Native American newspapers and periodicals. The ANPA serves as an
international clearinghouse for information on American Indian and Alaska
Native publications; maintains a newspaper and periodical collection of over
30,000 separate items published between 1826 and the present; collects
American Indian and Alaska Native imprints; coordinates a major research
project in its sixth year (which has produced several works, including
A Bibliography of Native American
Writers, 1772-1924); and publishes a journal,
Native Press Research Journal.
Dr. Littlefield spoke before the Freedmen Descendants of the Five
Civilized Tribes in June and gave expert testimony in a Creek Nation court
hearing on a Creek Freedman case in late July of this year. His publications
Africans And Creeks: From The Colonial Period
To The Civil War,
Africans And Seminoles: From Removal To Emancipation,
The Cherokee Freedmen: From Emancipation
To American Citizenship.
Dr. James Brooks (President,
School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM)
A noted ethnohistorian, his
book Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the
Southwest Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2002, won
eight prestigious scholarly awards. His other books include Confounding
the Color Line: the Indian-Black Experience in North America
(University of Nebraska Press, 2002) and Women and Gender in the North
American West (University of New Mexico Press, 2004). He joined SAR as
a member of the research faculty and director of publications in 2002.
Cortez Williams (Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico)
Presentation title: "The Essence of Black and Native American Relations Before the 18th Century"
professor emeritus of African American studies at the University of New
Mexico, was curator for a special exhibit in the Center for Southwest
Research in Zimmerman Library. The exhibit, “Backs in the Southwest”
provided stories about Blacks who played instrumental roles from the time of
the early explorers to contemporary society. From Sebastian Rodriguez,
drummer for De Vargas, to Stagecoach Mary, the woman with the strongest
right arm in the west, the exhibits provides interesting tales of adventure.
Dr. Williams has also been honored “for his historic work and research on
the history of blacks in the Western United States” by the National Society
of the Daughters of the American Revolution Charles Dibrell Chapter of
Albuquerque. Williams is vice-president of Historical Research
Patrons, Inc., a New Mexico non-profit foundation that researches and
promotes the history of African Americans in the western territories.
Robert Collins -- Choctaw/African American
(University of California, Berkeley)
Presentation title: "When Playing Indian Is a Misplaced Assumption: Evidence From Black Choctaw Life Histories"
Dr. Collins is a lecturer in Native American Studies, UC-Berkeley. His dissertation engaged in a comparative study of the lived experiences of Choctaws/African-Americans in Southeastern Oklahoma and Texas. He has an essay, "Katimih o Sa Chata Kiyou? (Why Am I not Choctaw?): Race in the Lived Experiences of Two Black Choctaw Mixed Bloods," forthcoming in Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds ed. Sharon P. Holland and Tiya Miles. Also forthcoming is "When Playing Indian is a Misplaced Assumption: Evidence From Black Choctaw Lived Experiences," in Race, Roots, and Relations: Native and African Americans ed. Terry Strauss (Albatross Press, 2005)
Celia E. Naylor (Dartmouth College)
Presentation title: "Black and Native: (Re)presenting Race, Culture and Nation"
Her current work explores the connections
between African-Americans and Native Americans in the United States. She
helped coordinate the conference "'Eating Out of the Same Pot': Relating
Black and Native (Hi)stories," held at Dartmouth College in April 2000. Her
publications include "'Born and raised among these people, I don't want to
know any other': Slaves' Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century Indian
Territory," in Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience
in North America, ed., James F. Brooks (University of Nebraska Press,
2002). She has forthcoming essays on Radmilla Cody, a chapter
co-authored with Tiya Miles in Handbook of North American Indians,
volume 14--Southeast, ed., Raymond Fogelson (Smithsonian). Her book
manuscript is"More at Home with the Indians": African-American
Slaves and Freedpeople in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, 1838-1907.
Dr. Susan Miller (Arizona
Presentation title: "Sources and Discourses of Tribal Sovereignty and 'Black Indians' Entitlement: The Seminole Case"
Tiger Clan and Tom Palmer Band of
the Seminole Nation
American Indian Studies Program at Arizona State University)--Selected
include Coacoochee’s Bones: A Seminole
Saga (University Press of Kansas, 2003); “Seminoles and Africans under
Seminole Law: Sources and Discourses of Tribal Sovereignty and ‘Black
Indian’ Entitlement,” Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American
Studies 20:1 (Spring 2005), pp. 23-47; "Licensed Trafficking and
Ethnogenetic Engineering," American Indian Quarterly 20:1 (Winter
1996), pp. 49-55; reprinted in Natives and Academics, edited by Devon
A. Mihesuah, pp. 100-110 (University of Nebraska Press, 1998); and other
Roundtable on Lived Experiences:
Monica Joiner -- Dine'/African-American
(University of New Mexico)
Ms. Joiner received an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Louisville where she also studied Nuyorican/Puerto Rican Literature. Currently, she is a 1st year Ph.D. Student in Spanish & Portuguese.
Jacquelyn Walker -- Cochiti/African-American
(University of New Mexico)
Ms. Walker is a senior at UNM, majoring in family studies. Her career goals include attending graduate school and becoming a counselor. She is currently Miss Indian UNM.
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