Montana State University

Online Native American Studies program adds new faculty

November 12, 2013

William Harjo
William Harjo will teach "Federal Indian Law"
Carol Miller
Carol Miller will teach "Indigenous Literature in the West."
BOZEMAN-- Montana State University's online Native American Studies program has added two new faculty members, including a former board member of the American Indian College Fund and an award-winning professor emeritus.

William Harjo, who will teach "Federal Indian Law," is president and principal of American Native Services. He is a trainer, evaluator, expert consultant and has taught multi-cultural education, leadership and a wide array of Native American Studies courses at Stanford University and Oklahoma City University in addition to MSU. A prolific writer and speaker, he is an enrolled citizen of the Creek Nation of Oklahoma and alumnus of Dartmouth College, Oklahoma City University and Stanford. Harjo specializes in integrating Western and traditional tribal learning. As a traditional War Chief of the Natchez Nation of Oklahoma he brings a strong background in tribal law, traditional law, international indigenous law, jurisdiction, enrollment, Native citizenship, educational legislation, federal recognition and legislation pertaining to the protection of Native American languages and cultures.

Carol Miller will teach "Indigenous Literature in the West." She is a professor emeritus of American Indian Studies and American Studies from the University of Minnesota, where she was named a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. Miller is cofounder of "Voices from the Gaps," a Web site of biographies and critical information about North American women writers of color. Upon her retirement, a colleague wrote, "She routinely drew students into the palm of her hand through her delightfully witty turns of phrase and uncanny ability to pose a question that students found intriguing and accessible." Miller is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

The new instructors join online faculty members Ceilon Aspensen, a lifelong artist and teacher of journalism; Jioanna Carjuzzaa, who has 20 years of teaching experience and serves as MSU's Indian Education for All professional development facilitator; Shane Doyle, a Crow tribal member and singer/drummer with the Bobcat Singers; Walter Fleming, department head of MSU's Native American Studies Department; and Amy Gore, an MSU alumnus and doctoral candidate at the University of New Mexico.

Spring online courses begin Jan. 8, 2014 and registration is now open through MSU's Extended University. Visit http://eu.montana.edu/online/degrees/native-american-studies