Tribal Affiliation: Winnebago/Ho-Chunk
Associate Instructor for NAS 5- Introduction to Native American Literature; GSR for the DE in Feminist Theory and Research; NAS Graduate Student Representative
Title of your dissertation: Voicing Across Space: Subverting Colonial Structures in Ho-Chunk/Winnebago Tribal History
Conference Presentations (Fall 2013- Spring 2014)
- 2014 4th Annual DE in Feminist Theory and Research Graduate Symposium, UC Davis; The Pedagogical Value of Native American Women’s Literature to Historical Theory.
- 2014: 2nd Annual Women of Color Conference, UC Davis; Honoring Native American Women Leaders and Veterans.
- 2014 3rd Annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium, UC Davis; “White people would say this was impossible”: Decolonizing Western Narratives through Oral Histories and Cosmologies.
- 2014 Annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference; Engaging Research Justice through Native American Studies.
Awards Received (Fall 2013- Spring 2014)
- 2014-2015 Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and to the Chancellor, UC Davis
- 2014-2015 UC Provost’s Dissertation Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (declined)
- 2014 Social Justice Initiative Fellowship, UC Davis
- Honorable Mention: 2014-2015 Ford Dissertation Fellowship
- UC Davis Block Grant Award for Dissertation Research
Projects Completed (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
Professors for the Future Program- Establishing the Native American Studies Graduate Research Journal with my co-editor Cutcha and our editorial board: http://nasgradjournal.weebly.com/
I’m happy to have survived another year of graduate school and to have a plan for finishing my program. The end is near!
I am also grateful that I was able to sharpen some of my presentation skills, gain more experience with interviews, and with organizing by being a part of the NAS Graduate Student Symposium Committee and the DE in Feminist Theory and Research Graduate Symposium Committee.
Other things from this year include fiddling with my animation software and showing those animations to people. I finished all co-op campaigns in Halo 4, Left 4 Dead, and I’m almost finished with Batman Arkham Asylum and Left 4 Dead 2. I completed some beading projects: my first medallion, a pin, and two pouches. This year, I also received my driver’s license. That’s a life accomplishment. In the Game of Life your token starts off being able to drive already…that does not reflect reality.
What are you going to do this summer?
This summer I’m planning on traveling and completing dissertation research in the Midwest. I will be completing more archival research in Wisconsin and returning for the second time to the Kansas City National Archives. I will also be visiting my sister and her family for the birth of my second nephew. One of my summer goals is also to make serious progress on my dissertation by starting a writing regimen. I also will make sure I balance my work with making time to bead, draw, play videogames, and watch movies. It will be an exciting and busy summer.
I will be back in Davis in September to help coordinate the UC Davis Week of Welcome for graduate students as the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and to the Chancellor.