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Article: “What is at stake for Indigenous nations in Washington today?” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 111.1 (Winter 2019/2020): 35-47

Edited and annotated by UW Professors Jean Dennison (Osage Nation) and Joshua L. Reid (Snohomish) and local Indigenous leaders Melvinjohn Ashue (Hoh) and Lisa Wilson (Lummi)

In October 2018, the Seattle Public Library hosted a panel discussion titled “What are the issues for the indigenous nations of Washington today (video – Seattle Canal). Although the discussion covered a wide range of topics and issues, four interrelated themes emerged: treaty rights, relationship building, environmental concerns and activism, and education. This article is a summary of the roundtable, edited for length and clarity.

Book: Earthworks Rising: Mound Building in Indigenous Literature and Arts (University of Minnesota Press, 2022)

by chadwick allen, Professor, Department of English; Associate Vice-Rector, Faculty Advancement; Professor at Russell F. Stark University

Alongside Indigenous writers, artists and intellectuals of the 20th and 21st centuries, Chadwick Allen examines the myriad ways in which Indigenous mounds continue to hold ancient knowledge and create new meaning, in the present and for the coming. Clear and compelling, Earthworks Rising elicits a better understanding of the remarkable achievements of diverse North American mound-building cultures over thousands of years and draws attention to new earthworks rising in the 21st century.

Video: Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities: Earthworks Rising

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Book: Therapeutic Nations: Healing in the Age of Indigenous Human Rights (University of Arizona Press, 2013)

by Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan), Associate Professor, Native American Studies and Affiliate Professor in Canadian Studies, Department of Comparative History of Ideas and Department of English

Therapeutic Nations is the first book to demonstrate the broad historical origins of affect and trauma in an Indigenous context, providing insight into community healing programs. The author’s theoretical sophistication and original research make the book relevant across a range of disciplines as it challenges key concepts in Native American and Indigenous studies.

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Book: Cherokee Earth Dwellers: Stories and Teachings from the Natural World (University of Washington Press, 2023)

by Christopher B. Teuton (Cherokee Nation), Professor and Chair of Native American Studies and Hastings Shade, with Loretta Shade and Larry Shade, illustrated by MaryBeth Timothy

Ayetli gadogv – “to stand in the middle” – is central to a Cherokee perspective of the natural world. From this position, Cherokee people of the land offers a rich understanding of nature based on Cherokee creature names, traditional oral histories, and insights from knowledge holders. During his lifetime, the Hastings Shade elder created booklets with over six hundred Cherokee names for animals and plants. With this foundational collection at its core, and weaving together a chorus of voices, this book emerges from a deep and ongoing collaboration between Christopher B. Teuton, Hastings Shade, Loretta Shade and others.

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Book: A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye Salmon in the Other, Stories of Northwest Coast Indigenous Food Sovereignty (University of Washington Press, 2022)

by Charlotte Cote (Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth), Professor, Native American Studies

Charlotte Coté shares contemporary Nuu-chah-nulth practices of revitalizing traditional foods in the context of broader efforts to re-indigenize contemporary diets on the Northwest Coast. Côté offers evocative stories of his Tseshaht community and his own work to revitalize relationships with haʔum (traditional food) as a way to promote health and well-being. As Indigenous peoples continue to face food insecurity due to persistent inequalities, environmental degradation and the westernization of traditional diets, Coté emphasizes healing and cultural sustenance through through everyday acts of food sovereignty: berry picking, salmon fishing, and building a community garden on reclaimed residential land. School playground. This book is for anyone interested in the major role food plays in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Video: Charlotte Coté with Dana Arviso: Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest, Seattle City Hall

Article: What does it mean to “re-indigenize” contemporary diets? KUOW

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Book: The sea is my country: the maritime world of the Makahs (Yale Books, 2015)

by Joshua Reid (Snohomish); Associate Professor, Department of History and Native American Studies; Director, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest; John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Professor

Joshua L. Reid discovers that the “Cape Peoples” were much more involved in shaping the maritime economy of the Pacific Northwest than previously thought. It examines Makah attitudes toward borders and boundaries, their efforts to exercise control over their waters and resources upon the arrival of Europeans and then Americans, and their embrace of modern opportunities and technology to maintain their self-reliance and resist assimilation. The author also addresses current environmental debates surrounding the tribe’s customary hunting and fishing rights, and illuminates the Makah’s efforts to regain control of marine space, preserve their marine identity, and articulate a traditional future.

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Book: Colonial Entanglement: The Making of a 21st Century Osage Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

by John Denison (Osage Nation), Associate Professor, Native American Studies; Co-Director, Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

From 2004 to 2006, the Osage Nation went through a contentious government reform process in which very different views emerged on the goals of the new government, the nation’s own history, and what it means to be Osage. The main debates focused on biology, culture, natural resources and sovereignty. Osage anthropologist Jean Dennison documents the process of reform to reveal the lasting effects of colonialism and illuminate the possibilities of Indigenous sovereignty. In doing so, she highlights the many complexities of defining Indigenous citizenship and governance in the 21st century.

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Book: Cherokee Stories from the Liars Club of Turtle Island (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

by Christopher B. Teuton (Cherokee Nation), Professor and Chair of Native American Studies

Turtle Island Liars’ Club’s Cherokee Stories paint a vivid and compelling portrait of a community steeped in tradition and dynamically engaged in the present. A collection of forty interwoven stories, conversations, and teachings about Western Cherokee life, beliefs, and storytelling, the book orchestrates a multi-layered conversation between a group of honored Cherokee elders, storytellers, and guardians of the knowledge and the communities their stories touch. . In collaboration with Hastings Shade, Sammy Still, Sequoyah Guess, and Woody Hansen, Cherokee scholar Christopher B. Teuton has assembled the first collection of traditional and contemporary Western Cherokee stories published in over forty years.

Article: “Prejudicial reactions to the removal of Native American mascots” SAGE Journals (Winter 2021)

by Tyler Jimenez, assistant professor of psychology at UW, and Jamie Arndt and Peter J. Helm of the University of Missouri

Research shows how shutting down a Native American mascot can stoke racism in a team’s surrounding community.

Related article: Prejudice against Native Americans increases when mascots are removed, UW News

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Book: Disturbing Stories of Indigenous Art on the Northwest Coast

Edited by Kathryn Bunn Marcuse, associate professor, art history; Bill Holm Center Endowed Professor; Curator of Northwest Native American Art, Burke Museum; Director, Bill Holm Center, Burke Museum and Aldona Jonaitis

By centering voices advocating for Indigenous priorities, integrating the expertise of Indigenous knowledge-holders about their artistic heritage, and challenging current institutional practices, these new essays ‘destabilize’ studies of North Coast art. -west. Key themes include discussions on the protection of cultural heritage and Indigenous sovereignty; refocus women and their essential role in the transmission of cultural knowledge; reflect on the work of decolonization in museums; and examine how works of art function as living documents. The volume exemplifies a respectful and relational engagement with Indigenous art and advocates for more responsible research and practices.