Dr. Majel Boxer
Chair & Associate Professor of Native American & Indigenous Studies

Sisseton and Wahpeton Dakota, Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Reservation


  • 19th and 20th century Native American history
  • Indigenous Women’s history
  • Native American oral and written traditions
  • Native American religions and spirituality
  • History of tribal museums and indigenous cultural centers
  • Fort Lewis Indian school
  • Fort Lewis College Tuition Waiver
  • Racial discourse and public spaces


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2004
  • B.A., Washington State University, 2002


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Dr. Deanne Grant
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Native American & Indigenous Studies

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Areas of expertise

  • Indigenous feminisms
  • Women of color feminisms
  • Indigenous sexual decolonization


  • Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2019
  • Certificate in College Teaching, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 2018
  • M.A. Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 2012
  • M.A. International Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 2007
  • B.A. International Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 2004


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Dr. Bridget Groat
Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies and History

Alaska Native (Iñupiaq/Aleut) Naknek Native Village

Areas of expertise

  • 19th and 20th century Native American history
  • Indigenous Women’s history
  • Oral history
  • Alaska Native history
  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty
  • Public History


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2019
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2015
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013


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Dr. Brian Twenter
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Native American & Indigenous Studies

Areas of expertise:

  • Indigenous Literatures
  • Indigenous Popular Culture, Television, and Film
  • Lakota Landscapes and Language
  • Trans-Indigenous Literature
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Environmental Studies


  • PhD      English, University of South Dakota, 2016 
  • MA       English, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2000  
  • BA        English, Truman State University, 1996  


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Dr. Richard M. Wheelock, Associate Professor Emeritus
Oneida of Wisconsin