Julie Reed (Cherokee Nation) Candidate Statement and Bio: I am an assistant professor of Native American History at the University of Tennessee. In addition to my position in the history department, I also co-sponsor the Native American Student Association and AISES and serve locally on the Board of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina in 2011. My manuscript “Ten Times Better: Cherokee Nation Social Services, 1800-1907” traces the conditions and events that led to the development of social provisions administered by the Cherokee Nation to its members throughout the nineteenth century. I pay special attention to legislation and services that impacted pensioners, orphans, the mentally ill, the (dis)abled, wrong-doers, the sick, and the indigent. I am particularly interested in how Cherokee people evaluated and interacted with their own nationally controlled social services and residential institutions leading up to the allotment of their communal land-holdings. However, I am equally interested in the ways these exclusively Native-administered and Native-serving institutions forced on-going conversations in the region and at the federal level over the social provisions people should expect from participation in their states and nation. This alternative vision provided by Native reformers and political leaders shaped federal policy even as United States officials sought to dissolve Native nations and absorb their human, institutional, and environmental resources.
I am honored to be included in the 2015 Nomination Committee’s slate of candidates. I have been active in NAISA since 2008. Not only am I committed to NAISA for its ability to bring together scholars, community members, and activists from multiple disciplines, continents, and indigenous communities who are committed to indigenous scholarship, I commend NAISA’s commitment to limiting the institutional barriers that might prevent some of our members from being able to participate. I am proud that our organization provides childcare options to participants, offers affordable accommodation choices in addition to conference hotels, and provides travel grants. If elected, I intend to continue identifying candidates to serve our organization, who represent the interdisciplinary, geographic, and community strengths of NAISA’s membership as we continue to grow and creatively confront the challenges that growth may bring.