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Center for Equity & Inclusion

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Danica Miller, Ph.D. (Puyallup)

Dr. Miller is an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences' Division of Social & Historical Studies. Her research analyzes how various works by Native American writers — including Mourning Dove, D’arcy McNickle, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie — engage the ways in which federal laws attempt to limit Native American tribal sovereignty. These writers portray Native American characters who use their unique socio-political position to contest legal marginalization and actualize new modes of identity. Her work pinpoints a moment at which Native Americans draw upon distinctive cultures and histories in order to formulate resistance.

Michelle Montgomery, Ph.D. (Haliwa Saponi/Eastern Band Cherokee)

Dr. Montgomery is an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in American Indian and Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies. Dr. Montgomery's research focuses on adaptation to climate change, environmental ethics connected to land-base Indigenous identities, Indigenous cultural autonomy, critical race theory, tribal critical race theory and bioethics related to sociocultural and environmental health disparities within American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations communities.