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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.
Robin Starr Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Ph.D. (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Apache, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Assiniboine)
Dr. Robin Starr Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Apache, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Assiniboine) is and associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) Program. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Minthorn served as coordinator of Native American Affairs at Oklahoma State University and an adjunct faculty at Pawnee Nation College. Preceding that, as an academic advisor at Comanche Nation College, which is Oklahoma’s first tribal college. Dr. Minthorn also co-founded Gamma Delta Pi, American Indian Sisterhood and RAIN (Retaining American Indians Now) as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Minthorn’s primary research interests include Indigenous leadership in higher education, inter-generational leadership perspectives in tribal communities, supporting Native American college students and campus climate for Native American college students.
Michelle Montgomery, Ph.D. (Haliwa Saponi/Eastern Band Cherokee)
Dr. Michelle Montgomery (Haliwa Saponi/Eastern Band Cherokee) is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in American Indian Studies and Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies. She is also the Assistant Director for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Montgomery's research focuses on Indigenizing and decolonizing the climate change narrative, environmental ethics connected to Indigenous Peoples’ identities and eco-critical race theory to eliminate racial and environmental oppression.