Native American and Indigenous Studies - Faculty Details

Dr. Frances Kay Holmes

Dr. Frances Kay Holmes
Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Muscogee descent, Tulsa Oklahoma


  • Contemporary Native Issues: Identity, Urban Issues, Art, Film, Native Thought, and Philosophy/Epistemology
  • Native American History: National contexts, California, Lakota, and Southeastern Tribes
  • Research Methodologies: Mixed (Indigenous) Methods, Oral History, Interview, Case Study, Ethnography, Participatory Action Research, and Narrative 
  • Education: Indigenous, Foundations/History, Critical Curriculum, Critical Pedagogy, and Social Justice


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2013
  • M.A., University of California, Davis, 2006
  • B.A., Arizona State University, 1983


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Recent Publications

2016, Holmes, F. K., “American Indian Movement” in Donna Martinez, 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers 
2014, Holmes , F. K., “Indigenous Relatedness within Educational Contexts” in Dolapo Adeniji-Neill and Berte van Wyk, Indigenous Concepts of Education: Toward Elevating Humanity for All Learners, New York: Palgrave Macmillan  

Selected Conference Papers

2015, Indigenous/White Relations at the Foundation of Making Whiteness Strange, American Anthropological Association, Denver, Co. Nov. 18 – 22 
2015, Commemorating Native American Studies and its Association With Native Education, American Indian Studies Association, Albuquerque, NM. Feb. 3
2014, Exploring the Disney Curriculum: Education, Culture and Society,  Curriculum & Pedagogy Group, New Orleans, LA. Nov. 12 – 15 
2014, Indigenous Methodology: Its Basis and Benefits for Mainstream Research, American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C. Dec. 3 - 7 
2013, What’s Relatedness Got to Do with It? Working Toward Understanding Indigenous Epistemologies, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Il. Nov 20 – 24, (session organizer)
2013, Indigenous Education and Poverty: We Are More Than That…, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, April