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3072 FLB / MC 166
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Professor
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Biography

My research focuses on American Indian ways of knowing, especially in the wake of imperial modernity.  On a more theoretical level, I am interested in the human ecology of indigenous societies as a religious critique of industrial civilization.  I teach courses on indigenous religious and ecological traditions and on the place of nature in contemporary criticism.  Earlier in my career, I studied the native encounter with Christianity in the contemporary period.

Education

  • Ph.D. (Religious Studies), Graduate Theological Union, 1993
  • M.A. (Theology and Philosophy), Pacific School of Religion, 1989

Distinctions / Awards

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UI Center for Teaching Excellence, 2005-present (16 times).
  • Second Place, Best Column Monthly/Bi-Monthly Category, NAJA Media Awards, Native American Journalists Association, 2010.
  • J. Frederick Miller Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, University YMCA, 2009.
  • Finalist, Religion Category, Book of the Year Awards, ForeWord Magazine, 2006.
  • Distinguished Alumni/ae Award, Pacific School of Religion, 2005.
  • Finalist, Nonfiction Category, Oklahoma Book Awards, Oklahoma Center for the Book, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 2004.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, American Indian Student Services, Center for Student Life, University of Oklahoma, 2002.
  • First Place, Best Editorial Award, NAJA Media Awards, Native American Journalists Association, 1997.
  • Honorable Mention, Excellence in Teaching Awards, Committee on Teaching, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1995.

Grants

  • UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Faculty Fellow in a Second Discipline, 2010-2011
  • American Academy of Religion, Individual Research Grant, 1998-1999.
  • Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Young Scholars in American Religion Program, 1997-1998.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend Award, 1995.
  • Louisville Institute for the Study of Protestantism and American Culture, Summer Stipend Award, 1994.
  • D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian, Seminar Fellowships, 1991, 1993.

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Selected Publications

Books

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Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era New York and Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan / St. Martin's Press 2003. Website.

Edited Books

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Writing the Cross Culture: Native Fiction on the White Man's Religion Golden, CO Fulcrum Publishing 2006. Website.
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For This Land: Writings on Religion in America by Vine Deloria Jr. New York and London Routledge 1999. Website.
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Native and Christian: Indigenous Voices on Religious Identity in the United States and Canada New York and London Routledge 1996. Website.

Book Contributions

Requiem Mess: The Bitter Medicine of Religious Change New Overtures: Asian North American Theology in the 21st Century edited by Eleazar Fernandez. Requiem Mess: The Bitter Medicine of Religious Change Edited by Eleazar Fernandez, Upland, CA Sopher Press 2012, p. 309-325.
Inscribing the Wound World: Human Fiction on the Spaceman's Religion Writing the Cross Culture: Native Fiction on the White Man's Religion edited by James Treat. Inscribing the Wound World: Human Fiction on the Spaceman's Religion Edited by James Treat, Golden, CO Fulcrum Publishing 2006, p. 188-194.
Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era Summary of Proceedings, Fifty-Eighth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association edited by Jonathan West. Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era Edited by Jonathan West, Chicago, IL American Theological Library Association 2004, p. 41-49.
Intertribal Traditionalism and the Religious Roots of Red Power Native American Spirituality: A Critical Reader edited by Lee Irwin. Intertribal Traditionalism and the Religious Roots of Red Power Edited by Lee Irwin, Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska Press 2000, p. 270-294.
Intertribal Traditionalism and the Religious Roots of Red Power Proceedings of the 1998 and 1999 Southwest/Texas Regional Conferences of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association edited by Peter C. Rollins, edited by Denny Kramer, edited by Glenn Broadhead. Intertribal Traditionalism and the Religious Roots of Red Power Edited by Peter C. Rollins, Edited by Denny Kramer, Edited by Glenn Broadhead, Lubbock, TX Southwest/Texas Regional PCA/ACA 2000.
Contemporary Native Religious Identity: The Indian Ecumenical Conference A Struggle for Identity: Indigenous People in Asia-Pacific, Existence and Expectations edited by P. Jegadish Gandhi, edited by George Cheriyan. Contemporary Native Religious Identity: The Indian Ecumenical Conference Edited by P. Jegadish Gandhi, Edited by George Cheriyan, Chennai, India Association of Christian Institutes for Social Concern in Asia 2000, p. 3-12.
Introduction: An American Critique of Religion For This Land: Writings on Religion in America by Vine Deloria Jr. edited by James Treat. Introduction: An American Critique of Religion Edited by James Treat, New York and London Routledge 1999, p. 1-18.
Religion and American Culture American Religion Course Outlines edited by Conrad Cherry. Religion and American Culture Edited by Conrad Cherry, Indianapolis, IN Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University / Purdue University at Indianapolis 1998.
Introduction: Native Christian Narrative Discourse Native and Christian: Indigenous Voices on Religious Identity in the United States and Canada edited by James Treat. Introduction: Native Christian Narrative Discourse Edited by James Treat, New York and London Routledge 1996, p. 1-26.
Delgado-P., Guillermo, Teri Greeves, and James Treat The Indigenous Movement in the Americas: Reflections on Nationalism and Ethnicity First Nations / Pueblos Originarios, Occasional Papers of the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas no. 2 edited by Patricia Pierce Erikson. The Indigenous Movement in the Americas: Reflections on Nationalism and Ethnicity Edited by Patricia Pierce Erikson, Davis, CA University of California, Department of Native American Studies 1996, p. 1-10.
The Challenge of the Past: A Native American Perspective The Challenges of the Past, the Challenges of the Future: Essays on Mission in the Light of Five Hundred Years of Evangelization in the Americas edited by John Kater. The Challenge of the Past: A Native American Perspective Edited by John Kater, Berkeley, CA Church Divinity School of the Pacific 1994, p. 25-41.
Teaching Tribal/Reservation History OFF the Reservation Teaching and Writing Local History: Lac Courte Oreilles, Occasional Papers in Curriculum Series no. 16 edited by Frederick E. Hoxie. Teaching Tribal/Reservation History OFF the Reservation Edited by Frederick E. Hoxie, Chicago, IL Newberry Library, D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian 1994, p. 14-31.

Journal Articles

Peyote Woman Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 10 2 2016, p. 141-149.
Native People and Interreligious Dialogue in North America: The Indian Ecumenical Conference Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 6 1 1996, p. 29-45.
Engaging Students with Native American Community Resources American Quarterly 45 4 1993, p. 621-630.

Essays

Illinois Green Business Association Field Notes: The Newsletter for East Central Illinois Master Naturalists 2011, p. 7-8.
Sustainable Sovereignty Orion Magazine: Nature/Culture/Place 2009, p. 70-71.
On Laughing and Praying Native Americas: Akwe:kon's Journal of Indigenous Issues 1996, p. 64.
The Canaanite Problem Daughters of Sarah: The Magazine for Christian Feminists 1994, p. 20-24.
Ecumenism in Action: The Bay Area Native American Ministry Ecu-log: The Newsletter of the Ecumenical Executive Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area 1990, p. 3.

Websites

Reviews

Mi'kmaq Landscapes: From Animism to Sacred Ecology by Anne-Christine Hornborg. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 4 4 Source Author Anne-Christine Hornborg, 2010, p. 506-507.
Buffalo Inc.: American Indians and Economic Development by Sebastian Felix Braun. Environmental History 15 2 Source Author Sebastian Felix Braun, 2010, p. 329-330.
Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska by Seth Kantner. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 17 1 Source Author Seth Kantner, 2010, p. 218-219.
Crisp Blue Edges: Indigenous Creative Non-Fiction edited by Rasunah Marsden. Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction 7 2 Edited by Rasunah Marsden, 2005, p. 121-123.
The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns by Luke Eric Lassiter, by Clyde Ellis, by Ralph Kotay. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73 1 Source Author Luke Eric Lassiter, Source Author Clyde Ellis, Source Author Ralph Kotay, 2005, p. 260-262.
Reuben Snake, Your Humble Serpent: Indian Visionary and Activist edited by Jay C. Fikes. Studies in American Indian Literatures: Journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures 10 1 Edited by Jay C. Fikes, 1998, p. 86-88.
Book offers insightful and impassioned view of Chilocco They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School by K. Tsianina Lomawaima. Muscogee Nation News Source Author K. Tsianina Lomawaima, 1998, p. 10.
Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact by Vine Deloria Jr.. Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 1 1 Source Author Vine Deloria Jr., 1997, p. 163-165.
Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria Jr. and the Critique of Anthropology edited by Thomas Biolsi, edited by Larry J. Zimmerman. American Studies 38 3 Edited by Thomas Biolsi, Edited by Larry J. Zimmerman, 1997, p. 135-136.
Tracking Jesus, Trapping Christ Christ is a Native American by Achiel Peelman. Cross Currents: The Journal of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life 47 3 Source Author Achiel Peelman, 1997, p. 415-417.
Historical overview provides good start for inquisitive readers The Creeks by Michael D. Green. Muscogee Nation News Source Author Michael D. Green, 1997, p. 2.
Anthology includes post-removal Muscogee authors Native American Writing in the Southeast: An Anthology, 1875-1935 edited by Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., edited by James W. Parins. Muscogee Nation News Edited by Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., Edited by James W. Parins, 1997, p. 16.
Completing the Circle by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Studies in American Indian Literatures: Journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures 9 2 Source Author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, 1997, p. 94-95.
Citizen's autobiography one of hope and endurance Son of Two Bloods by Vincent L. Mendoza. Muscogee Nation News Source Author Vincent L. Mendoza, 1997, p. 3.
Severing the Ties that Bind: Government Repression of Indigenous Religious Ceremonies on the Prairies by Katherine Pettipas. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 20 4 Source Author Katherine Pettipas, 1996, p. 262-265.
On Our Own Ground: The Complete Writings of William Apess, A Pequot edited by Barry O'Connell. American Indian Religions: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1 2 Edited by Barry O'Connell, 1994, p. 191-192.