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Devon Mihesuah

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States


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Devon Abbott Mihesuah is member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is a historian by training. She received her Ph.D. in American History from TCU in 1989, and was professor of American Indian History in NAU's history department for ten years. She is now professor of Applied Indigenous Studies, serves as award winning Editor of the American Indian Quarterly [click here to link to Quarterly Issues] and edits University of Nebraska Press's book series, "Contemporary Indigenous Issues."

She was recently presented the Crystal Eagle American Indian Leadership Award by the students in Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas. At NAU, she has received the Native American Students United Award for Outstanding Faculty; the President's Award for Outstanding Faculty, and the Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year Award. She is the recipient of grants, fellowships and awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Smithsonian Institution, American Council of Learned Societies, Arizona Humanities Council, the American Historical Association, Wordcrafters Circle of Native Writers, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, American Educational Studies Association, Phi Alpha Theta and Westerners International.

Mihesuah's research, writing and speaking focuses on the necessary themes of decolonization and empowerment strategies.

Interests: mushing, running, hiking

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Roads of My Relations
  • The Lightning Shrikes
  • Grand Canyon Rescue: A Tuli Black Wolf Adventure
  • Nonfiction

  • American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities
  • American Indigenous Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism
  • Cultivating the Rosebuds: The Education of Women at the Cherokee Female Seminary, 1851-1909
  • Indigenizing the Academy: Native Academics Sharpening the Edge
  • First to Fight: The Story of Henry Mihesuah
  • So You Want to Write About American Indians? A Guide for Scholars, Writers and Students
  • Natives and Academics: Reseach and Writing About American Indians
  • Repatriation Reader: Who Owns Indian Remains?
  • Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness