K. Tsianina Lomawaima

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K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Mvskoke/Creek Nation descent) is a retired professor of Indigenous studies (Arizona State University, 2014-2020; University of Arizona, 1994-2013; University of Washington, 1988-1994). 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 Native American 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. 2018 Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; 2012-2013 President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association/NAISA, which she helped found.

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