Sge:no swagwegoh (greetings of health and peace to you all). I am a Haudenosaunee Citizen (Wolf Clan, Mohawk Nation) and resident of Ohswe:ken (Grand River Territory). I have served as an Associate Professor of History and Director of the First Nations Studies Program at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) since 2010 with a previous tenured appointment at Wilfrid Laurier University. My academic training includes a PhD in Native Studies from Trent University, MA in American Studies from SUNY-Buffalo, BA in history from the University of Michigan and language immersion programs through Onkwawanna Kentyohkwa (Kanyen’keha/Mohawk) and Grand River Employment & Training (Gayagohono/Cayuga). My academic research focuses upon Haudenosaunee land history, Haudenosaunee thought and philosophy, Indigenous research methodologies and education history. My book, The Clay We are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River Territory, is in press with the University of Manitoba Press and I have also served as co-editor of a special issue of the AIQ, "Working from Home in American Indian History" (Fall 2009). I am active in Ganohsehs, community knowledge forums, student advocacy, and library development while also working extensively to support and expand Indigenous language revitalization.
I am honored and humbled to be nominated to serve on the NAISA Council and I look forward to the opportunity to further our organization while serving as a resource for Indigenous Nations, communities, and scholars. My interest in serving on the NAISA Council is to be a reminder within the Council that Indigenous Studies (in its many names and incarnations) is different from all other academic work and that NAISA has a unique place among other academic associations. I have remained active with NAISA because it provides a place where we can remind each other that our primary mission should be focused upon Indigenous people and issues; that the academy, while often connected, is secondary to the needs, issues, and dreams of the people from whom we descend and/or upon whom we have built our careers. We exist within the academy to further the causes of Indigenous peoples – to make sure life continues for the coming faces. NAISA, since even before its official creation, has always been cognizant of this and my interest is to ensure those thoughts remain strong within the leadership of the organization. I hope that the members of NAISA will trust me to help carry on the important work of our association.