Indigenous Studies


Indigenous Studies Spring 2012 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, Students, and Friends,

On behalf of my fellow members of the Executive Committee and our administrative staff, I am pleased to present our first Indigenous Studies (formerly Global Indigenous Nations Studies) program newsletter. In this issue you will find details about exciting program changes, updates on the activities of some of our former and current graduate students, announcements of upcoming events, and a statement of our goals for the future. We are continuing to accept applications for Fall 2012, so please spread the word to interested students!

Last year two task forces were convened by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Vice-Provost's Office to review the Program. The first task force was chaired by Paul Kelton, Chair of the History Department, and focused on the Indigenous Studies program (ISP) in the College. The second task force was chaired by Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity Fred Rodriguez, and charged with identifying ways to improve general support for Native American students at KU. As a result there have been several positive changes to the Indigenous Studies program.

New program requirements will go into effect for students entering in Fall 2012, and are currently advertised on the program website. A new governance structure is embedded in new bylaws that have been approved by the College. Information about these items is also available on the website.

Please feel free to contact us with questions about the Indigenous Studies program. We also would like to hear from former students.


Dr. Michael J. Zogry
Director, Indigenous Studies
Associate Professor, Religious Studies

KU and Haskell Renew MOU
May 7, 2012

The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) document between Kansas University and Haskell Indiana Nations University was signed this spring by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Haskell President Chris Redman. Last fall, several groups at KU provided input into the new MOU, as well as our Haskell colleagues. The signing ceremony witnessed by over 40 KU and Haskell colleagues is the latest testament to this historic partnership.

Read the full MOU here.

Haskell and KU Renewing the Memorandum of Understanding
March 23, 2012

Last fall, KU and Haskell Indian Nations University began the process of updating the Memorandum of Understanding between the universities. Both institutions have agreed to the new MOU and will participate in a brief but significant signing ceremony with KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Haskell President Chris Redman. The ceremony will be on April 9th – 3:00-3:30 in the Multicultural Resource Center.

The Spencer Museum of Art seeks a Curator of Global Indigenous Art

March 23, 2012
Job Title: Assistant/Associate Curator
Working Title: Curator of Global Indigenous Art
Job Category: Unclassified Academic Staff
Staff Position Number: 00066240
Department Name: Spencer Art Museum
Review of applications: begins April 20, 2012
The Spencer Museum of Art seeks an innovative, team-oriented, and highly motivated Curator of Global Indigenous Art.  The Spencer Museum of Art (SMA) forms a vital part of academic life at the University of Kansas (KU). The Museum supports research and promotes education across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, the development of a community of scholars, publications and creative presentations as well as the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public.
The Curator of Global Indigenous Art will develop exhibitions, publications, and public programs on the arts and cultures of the Americas, Africa and Oceania from the ancient to the contemporary periods.  Reporting to the Associate Director/Senior Curator, the Curator of Global Indigenous Art is responsible for:
• documentation, research, preservation, publication and growth of the historic and contemporary Indigenous art collection;
• organization of all aspects of permanent collection and loan exhibitions related to the collection area and thematic areas of interest;
• collaboration with education and academic programs staff  as well as University colleagues across disciplines and Indigenous communities, including the Indigenous communities of Kansas, to develop and implement a wide range of interpretive programs and materials based on the collection and exhibitions;
• engagement with scholars, including KU faculty and students, and Indigenous communities to provide expertise on Museum objects for teaching and research;
• writing and speaking about global Indigenous art.
For a complete job description, visit the KU Job Site here:

For more information:
Spencer Museum of Art:
The University of Kansas:

Interested in Linguistics?  Register now for CoLang at KU

March 23, 2012
This summer, KU and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is hosting CoLang, a collaborative Language Research Institute.  The topic is native language preservation and revitalization.  Cherokee, Tlingit, Amazigh, and Uda languages will be the specific areas of study, but participants will be able to apply the concepts and techniques to any language (no prior experience is required). Students, faculty, and tribal members from around the U.S., Canada, and beyond are expected to attend.
CoLang 2012 is a six-week Institute on Collabora­tive Lan­guage Re­search (formerly InField) designed to provide an opportunity for graduate students, prac­ticing lin­guists, and community linguists to become trained in a wide range of skills in community-cen­tered language documentation.

Suc­cess­fully held in 2008 (UCSB) and 2010 (U of Oregon), the six-week insti­tute consists of two parts: the Work­shops - two weeks of intensive workshops on the practice of documentary linguistics – followed by a Practicum – a four-week apprenticeship in the applica­tion of linguis­tic science and techno­logy to on-site empirical documentation (a.k.a. “field linguis­tics”). The two parts are integrated, as students who enroll in the Practicum are required to enroll in the preceding Workshops, thereby re­ceiving an intensive course in docu­mentary best practices before putting these skills to use. Participants may choose to enroll only in the two-week Work­shops.

News Archive

Commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Kansas statehood

Nov 18, 2011
Brownback and Zogry
Governor Sam Brownback, left, and Michael Zogry,
acting director, Indigenous Studies

Michael Zogry, acting director of Indigenous Studies, attended an event Nov. 16 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Kansas statehood.

Leaders from the five American Indian tribes of Kansas (Iowa, Sac & Fox, Kickapoo, Prairie Band Potawatomi, and Kaw Nation) joined Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at the event, which also included a welcome from Chris Howell, executive director for the Kansas Native American Affairs Office, followed by posting of the colors by Prairie Band Post 410 Color Guard. Jennie Chinn, executive director of the Kansas Historical Society, made remarks about Kansas 150 events. Governor Brownback spoke and presented an American Bison from the state herd to each of the five tribes.

Click to see the proclamation.

The event was at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.

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