Eastman Fellowship Alumni

2018-2019 Charles Eastman Fellow: Kaitlin Reed

Kaitlin Reed (Yurok/Hupa/Oneida) is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe in northwestern California. She obtained her B.A. degree in Geography at Vassar College and her M.A. degree in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Kaitlin is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Native American Studies at UC Davis. Her dissertation is entitled From Gold Rush to Green Rush: Marijuana Cultivation on Yurok Tribal Lands and examines the ecological and cultural impacts of marijuana cultivation on Yurok tribal lands, with a focus on tribal sovereignty and environmental justice. This dissertation connects the historical and ecological dots between the Gold Rush and the Green Rush, focusing on capitalistic resource extraction and violence against indigenous lands and bodies.

2017-2019 Eastman Fellow: Davina Two Bears

My name is Davina Two Bears and, I am Diné, Navajo, originally from Birdsprings, Arizona. My maternal clan is Tódích’íi’nii, Bitter Water, born for Táchii’nii, Red Running into the Water Clan; and my maternal grandfather’s clan is Tábąąhí, Edge Water, and my paternal grandfather’s clan is also Tódích’íi’nii. I am a PhD Candidate at Indiana University under the Department of Anthropology’s Archaeology of the Social Context PhD Program with a PhD Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. My PhD dissertation topic derives from my grandparents’ oral history about the Old Leupp Boarding School (OLBS) on the southwestern Navajo Reservation. Using non-destructive indigenous research methods, including interviews with Navajo elders and archival records and historic photographs, my decolonizing research investigates the early history of the Old Leupp Boarding School (1909-1942), which has never been thoroughly documented in the literature. I focus on the educational experience of Navajo children at the OLBS, and how they resisted and survived early 20th century federal Indian Boarding School assimilationist policies.

Farina King (2015-2016)

Bilagáanaa niliigo’ dóó Kinyaa’áaniiyásh’chíín. Bilagáanaa dabicheii dóó Tsinaajinii dabinálí. Ákót’éego diné asdzá̹á̹ nilí̹. Farina King is “Bilagáanaa” (Euro-American), born for “Kinyaa’áanii” (the Towering House Clan) of the Diné (Navajo). Her maternal grandfather was Euro-American, and her paternal grandfather was “Tsinaajinii” (Black-streaked Woods People Clan) of the Diné. She received her U.S. History Ph.D.in 2016 at Arizona State University. She received her M.A. in African History from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Brigham Young University with a double major in History and French Studies. Farina accepted a Clements Center Research Fellowship at Southern Methodist University, 2016-2017, and a position as an Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  Her main area of research is colonial and post-colonial Indigenous Studies, primarily Indigenous experiences of colonial and distant education.

Simone Whitecloud (2014-2015)

Simone Whitecloud (2014-2015)-(Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) She received her PH.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Dartmouth College in April 2016. Her ecological research focuses on interactions between different plant species above tree line in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Plants living in such extreme conditions are likely to facilitate each other rather than compete for resources such as space, water, and nutrients. She is working to determine if plants are indeed experiencing facilitation. Her training as an NSF IGERT Fellow and lessons from her uncle, a healer, inspired her to interview Inuit about plant uses in Greenland, some of which are the same plants growing in her study sites in New Hampshire. To tie her ecological and ethnobotanical interests, she is researching if human selection of plants for food and medicine reflect interactions between plant species.

Kate Beane (2013-2014)

Kate Beane (2013-2014)-(Ahdipiwin), an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux (Dakota) of South Dakota, is a Doctoral Candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her Ph.D dissertation explores the Indigenous perspective of her tribal history, as well as the ongoing efforts to retain and strengthen ties to both the Minnesota homeland and Dakota language. The Dakota were imprisoned and forcibly exiled from Minnesota after declaring war with the United States in 1862. Using oral history and archival materials, as well as personal family letters and journals, this project analyzes how the separations between family members, displacement from their ancestral land base, and the introduction of Christianity, have all impacted Dakota cultural identity over time. Kate received her B.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2006.

Maile Arvin (2012-2013)

Maile Arvin (2012-2013) -(Native Hawaiian) received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at San Diego. Her dissertation, "The Science of Settler Colonialism: Native Hawaiian Indigeneity Amidst Hawai'i's 'Racial Mix,' examines the legacies of scientific constructions of race in Hawai'i for Native Hawaiians. Her work uses Indigenous feminist frameworks in addressing the history of eugenics, blood quantum, and the image of Hawaii 'i as a multicultural, "racial paradise" as well as the complicated ways that Native Hawaiians today respond to the consequences of these histories. Her interests also include: anti-colonial feminisms, human rights and global Indigenous movements, genomics, science and technology studies, and Pacific Island/Oceania studies. She is currently at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the History of Art and Visual Culture dept. She is the University of California's Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow.

Mattie Harper (2011-2012)

Mattie Harper (2011-2012) -(Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe):received her Ph.D in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her dissertation, titled "French Africans in Indian Country," examines identify formation by focusing on four generations of one family in the Western Great Lakes region. Her work raises questions about the construction of race, Native American identity formation, and cross-cultural encounters in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her main interests include: cross-cultural relations in Early North America, Ojibwe history, the intersecting lives of Native Americans and African Americans, 19th century U.S. history, the fur trade, racial intermarriage and the construction of race, and 20th century Native American intellectuals. She is now a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego.

Chukan Brown (2010-2011)

Chukan Brown (2010-2011) - (Aleut and Inupiat) received her PhD in Philosophy from McGill University, with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. Her doctoral work considers questions of indigenous identity by beginning first with a critique of contemporary race theory and theories of social identity. After teaching Ethics, Epistemology, and Social Philosophy at Northern Arizona University, she left the academic arena and is now a writer-philosopher who writes, travels, freelances, and draws commissions.

Noelani Arista (2009-2010)

Noelani Arista (2009-2010) - (Hawaiian) received her PhD in American History from Brandeis University. Her dissertation "Outrage and Silence: Encountering History in Early Nineteenth-Century Hawai'i" reorients the discussion about the role New England missionaries played in Hawaiian politics and governance, the formation of law, and the persistence of kapu (oral chiefly pronouncement) in the decades before the first Hawaiian constitution (1840). She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in the Department of History. She specializes in Hawaii, 19th Century America, and Pacific World history.

Kendra Taira Field (2008-2009)

Kendra Taira Field (2008-2009) - (Creek)  wrote her dissertation for a PhD in History at New York University, titled: "African American Migration From the Deep South to Indian Territory, 1870-1920."  Kendra is now an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Tufts University. She is now completing her first book, Growing Up with the Country: A Family History of Race and American Expansion. She has received the Huggins-Quarles Award of the Organization of American Histories and has also been awarded fellowships from the Hellman Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.