Naisa

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

Concordia University and McGill University

Kahente Horn-Miller (Kanien:keha'ka/Mohawk) is currently the Coordinator for the Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission which oversees the legislative development process that uses consensus-based decision making as the foundation for community involvement. She is also a Sessional Lecturer at both Concordia and McGill universities. Horn-Miller's community-based research and teaching focuses on Haudenosaunee culture and practice in the areas of Indigenous methodologies, women's issues, identity politics, colonization, governance, and consensus-based decision making. She received her doctorate in the Humanities in 2008 from Concordia University where she completed her research on Kahnawà:ke Kanien:keha'ka women's expression of their identity. As a multidisciplinary degree, it enabled her to examine how women of her community express their identity through the lens of political science, history and cultural studies. Through her graduate studies she also worked at developing Indigenous methodologies based in Haudenosaunee culture and tradition. This can be seen in her work on the Sky Woman narrative written from the first perspective as the methodological foundation for her doctoral work, and the use of the Small Condolence Ceremony as a way to prepare readers for her Masters thesis. Her governance work and community-based research involves interpreting culture and bringing new life to old traditions and practices. She is currently working on revising a manuscript for publication on the Mohawk Warrior Flag which came to prominence during the Oka Crisis of 1990. There she examines the development and evolution of a symbol of resistance and unity in the Indigenous rights movement. As an expression of the Kaienere'kó:wa (Great Law of Peace), the Flag has managed to transmit key philosophical aspects of Haudenosaunee tradition in a way that is accessible. She continues to work with the research advisory for the Kahnawà:ke Diabetes Prevention Project along with writing and publishing in her areas of interest, most notably, her recent work on Participatory Democracy and the Sky Woman's story.

Personal Statement:

I was pleasantly surprised to receive the nomination to sit on the board of NAISA. As an Indigenous woman who works within her own community and also continues to be involved in academics through teaching and writing, I bring a unique perspective to my work and to my interactions with my students and other academics. Academics for me is not only about theorizing the issues that Indigenous peoples face as a way to find solutions; it is also about putting these theories in to practice. We have a responsibility to use our knowledge and good minds to help make a future where our communities are strong and self-determined. It is this kind of perspective that I bring into the academic setting. I have the unique opportunity to be actively involved with a legislative development process based on the historic practice of consensus building utilized by my ancestors. The skills and knowledge I have gained in this important work I want to share with the academic community of NAISA and work to foster relationships between our people that goes beyond the written word or the classroom and research settings. We have a lot important knowledge to share.