Jeff Means (Enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe) is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Wyoming in the field of Native American History. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. His primary area of interest is Great Plains Indian culture, Colonial Cultural Encounters, and Oglala Lakota history in the 18th and 19th century. Jeff has won numerous academic awards, including the first Power-Tanner Graduate Student Fellowship in American Indian Studies in 2003, and the first NCAIS Faculty Fellowship at the Newberry Library in 2010, and the Burlingame-Toole Award from the Montana Historical Society for the best Graduate student article for 2003. He has also received research grants and awards from Universities and historical societies alike. His most recent chapter publication is, “The Sioux Bill of 1889: A Turning Point in Oglala Lakota History,” in 50 Events That Shaped American Indian History, published in 2016. Jeff has also presented his work at many national conferences. He is currently working on his first book, From Buffalo to Beeves: Cattle and the Evolution of Oglala Lakota Culture, 1750-1920.
It is an honor to be included in the 2017 Nomination Committee’s group of candidates. I have been active in NAISA since 2009. NAISA provided me a sanctuary from my more traditional organizational memberships that no longer spoke to my own scholarly, pedagogical, or cultural interests. My desire to serve NAISA springs from the outstanding service it provides our community. NAISA leads efforts to bring together indigenous scholars from disparate fields to better serve indigenous Nations around the globe, and to provide mutual support and inclusivity. If elected, I will proudly serve our organization and strive to continue its efforts to build interdisciplinary, geographic, and community outreach.