Tsianina Lomawaima

Tsianina Lomawaima (Mvskoke / Creek Nation, not enrolled) joined Arizona State University in January 2014. From 1994-2014 she served on the faculty of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, serving as head from 2005-2009. From 1988–1994, she was a member of the Anthropology & American Indian Studies faculty at the University of Washington.

The recipient of numerous teaching honors, including the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Lomawaima’s teaching interests include U.S. history, American Indian policy history, Indigenous knowledge systems, and research issues in American Indian education. Her research interests include the status of Native people as U.S. citizens and Native nations as Indigenous sovereigns, the role of Native nations in shaping U.S. federalism, and the history of American Indian schooling. Research on the federal off-reservation boarding school system is rooted in the experiences of her father, Curtis Thorpe Carr, a survivor of Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in Oklahoma, where he was enrolled from 1927 to 1935.

Her books include To Remain an Indian: Lessons for Democracy from a Century of Native American Education (with Teresa McCarty), Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law (with David Wilkins), and They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School. Lomawaima served as 2012-2013 President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association/NAISA, which she helped found in 2007, and as 2005 President of the American Society for Ethnohistory. She was awarded the Western History Association Lifetime Achievement Award for American Indian History in 2010; in 2016 she was selected a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and elected to the National Academy of Education.


Candidate Statement: I would be honored to help serve NAISA as Treasurer, and I believe my experience with this part of NAISA’s administration might be useful to the organization. I drafted the application to IRS for NAISA’s non-profit 501(c)3 status; set up the original bank accounts, including the merchant portal (enabling NAISA to charge credit cards for donations on the website and for meeting registration); managed the merchant portal and kept the books the first 5-6 years of the organization’s existence; arranged for tax filings the first few years of 501(c)3 status (when our Treasurer was not in the US, and not a US citizen); and kept or helped with the books for several meetings. Several of these systems have been recently updated, and I would be happy to come up to speed to help support NAISA’s financial stability.

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