Aya! I am a member of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana. I serve on the tribal language and culture committee and as a consultant on research requests for tribal council. I am an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University, where I teach Indigenous feminisms, critical ethnic studies, and interdisciplinary methods and methodologies. I received my PhD in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University in 2014, and I co-chair the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association.
There are two strains of my research: decolonial interventions in language revitalization and the making of contemporary Indigenous subjectivities through popular historical narratives. My interdisciplinary research brings together a critical analysis of history-making with contemporary tribal politics to strategically work towards anti-colonial Indigenous resurgence and futurities. I am currently finishing “awiikitaawi!” a Myaamia grammar workbook designed to make language learning materials like the tribal dictionary accessible to new learners and learners living in diaspora. My scholarly monograph-in-process is titled "Settling the Past: Epistemic Violence and the Making of Colonial Subjectivities," which illustrates the stakes of history for contemporary Indigenous peoples.
I have attended NAISA since 2008. Though I teach Women’s & Gender Studies, NAISA is my scholarly home and community. I am constantly amazed by how much the field of Indigenous Studies has shifted since the association was created. I am most inspired by work done at NAISA as Indigenous folks learn from each other across the globe, across our colonial contexts. I would be honored to serve on the nominations committee and give back to this organization that has fundamentally shaped who I am as a scholar and who I want to be.