Tribal Affiliation: Akwesasne Mohawk

105 W. Washington St.

Urbana, IL 61801





August 2009 – Present Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow – American Indian Studies

The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

May 2009 PhD – American Indian Studies

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Chair

1994 Master of Arts- Counseling/Community Psychology

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York

1992 Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

State University of New York, Utica/Rome, New York



The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana:

Guest Lecturer Fall 2009 Introduction to American Indian Studies


The University of Arizona, American Indian Studies Programs:

Instructor May 2007- May 2009 American Indian Film

Taught American Indian Film course through the University of Arizona Correspondence Office. Developed course syllabus, assignments, exams, and video material. Communicated with students via email, graded assignments and exams, and provided feedback and student support.


Guest Lecturer Summer 2007 Contemporary American Indian Issues


Guest Lecturer Spring 2006 American Indian Educational Research

(Arizona State University)


Guest Lecturer Fall 2005 Contemporary American Indian Education


Guest Lecturer Fall 2004 – Spring 2005 TRAD 101 - Many Nations of Native America.

Conducted guest lectures on the History of American Indian Education and Contemporary American Indian Education.


Instructor Summer 2003 & 2004 TRAD 101 – Many Nations of Native America

Conducted daily lectures, led discussions, developed curricula, and constructed and graded exams and assignments.


Teaching Assistant Spring 2002 American Indian Women

Periodic lectures, discussions, and graded short assignments, essays, and exams. Held office hours to meet individually with students.

Teaching Assistant Fall 2001 – Spring 2004 TRAD 101 - Many Nations of Native America

Led weekly discussion sections with approximately 50 undergraduate students. Led periodic lectures for class of 300 students using multimedia presentations. Designed, administered, and graded assignments, essays, and exams. Participated in weekly teaching team meeting.



The University of Arizona, American Indian Studies, Research Assistant

Fall 2004 – Fall 2005

Assisted in administrative tasks for department academic performance review and development of American Indian Studies bachelor of arts degree program. Developed current student satisfaction survey, collected, analyzed, and compiled report of data. Served on faculty search committee.


The University of Arizona, American Indian Studies, Graduate Assistant

Fall 2001 – Spring 2002 Tribal College Small Grants Project

Management and technical assistance of small grants research project for tribal

colleges administered by the American Indian Studies Office of Community Development. Developed program brochure. Participated in annual conference with the United States Department of Agriculture and Economic Research Service. Co-authored journal article on Native health and nutrition.


National Center for American Indian & Alaska Native Mental Health Research, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO Professional Research Assistant December 1997 – November 1999

Field Coordinator for a research project for two reservation communities. Traveled extensively to field sites to establish relationships with schools, community members, and to set up field offices. Co-developed culturally appropriate tools to assess youth mental health status and service use. Assisted in developing training manuals and forms. Collaborated with a tribal college to instruct a course on Interviewing Skills. Hired, trained, and supervised field staff. Trained staff on administering written and computerized versions of interviews while maintaining quality control. Conducted interviews with respondents. Coordinated information for data entry and maintained a database tracking system.


U.S. Department of Justice Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Peer Reviewer 1999

Technical and programmatic evaluation of projects and applications for tribal youth grant program.



Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office/ArizonaNativeNet, The University of Arizona. Production Assistant/Graduate Associate Spring 2006 - May 2009

Production assistant and curriculum development for Federal Indian Law and Native Nations Institute online course material. Duties included digital video editing utilizing Final Cut Pro software, MacIntosh computer sytems, PowerPoint, and Flash animation. Conducted background legal research, developed materials, and created learning modules for web delivery. Created annotated bibliography of Native health and nutrition resources. Creating web resource of national tribal research protocols and research codes.


Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Taos, NM Institute Director September 1999 – October 2000

Developed leadership training program, fee for service contracts, grant writing, and budget management for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Institute. Designed and implemented organizational, local, statewide, regional, and national trainings in leadership, wilderness programs, and service learning. Awarded $30,000 grant to develop and implement a statewide leadership-training program. Coordinated and facilitated corps member and staff orientations and ongoing trainings. Recruited and managed contracted staff, supervised volunteers and education coordinator. Developed manuals and program brochure.



White, L., et. al., (2007). “Healthy Families on American Indian Reservations: A Summary of Six Years of Research by Tribal College Faculty, Staff and Students.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal.


White, L. (2007). “The Akwesasne Freedom School.” Encyclopedia of American Indian History. ABC-CLIO Press.


White, L. (2003). “Athabascan Region: Old Minto Cultural Orientation Program”. Sharing Our Pathways. Alaska Native Knowledge Network, Fairbanks, Alaska.


White, L., et. al., (2003). “Tribal College Food and Nutrition Small Grants Research Project brochure. The University of Arizona, American Indian Studies Programs Office of Community Outreach.


“Free to be Kanien’kehaka: A Case Study of Educational Self-Determination at the Akwesasne Freedom School.” National Association of Indigenous and American Indian Studies. Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 2009.


“Free to be Kanien’kehaka: A Case Study of Educational Self-Determination at the Akwesasne Freedom School.” American Indian Studies Colloquium Guest Speaker. The University of Arizona. Spring 2007.


“Scholarships and Funding Sources for American Indian Graduate Students.” American Indian Studies Colloquium Guest Speaker. The University of Arizona. Spring 2007.


“Healthy Families on American Indian Reservations: A Summary of Six Years of Research by Tribal College Faculty, Staff and Students.” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington D.C. November 2005.


“Free to be Kanien’kehaka: A Case Study of Educational Self-Determination at the Akwesasne Freedom School.” National Indian Education Association conference. Denver. October 2005.


“Indigenous Knowledge in Western Academia.” Cornell University. Native Graduate Student Association Maintaining Connections Conference. November 2004.


“US/Native American Relations.” Unitarian Universalist Church Diversity Committee, Tucson, AZ. January 2004.


“Native Elders in Higher Education.” University of California, Berkeley. Native American Studies Emerging Scholars Conference. April 2003.


“Native Elders in Higher Education.” The University of Arizona. American Indian Studies Programs Graduate Student Forum. April 2003.



Student Volunteer 2005 National Indian Education Association annual conference. Albuquerque, NM. Assisted in organizing and hosting educational research strand.


Student Representative 2004 – 2005 The University of Arizona American Indian Advisory Board. Served as a student representative to the President of the University of Arizona, the American Indian Studies Programs, and the office of Native American Student Affairs.


President Fall 2003 – Fall 2004 American Indian Studies Programs Graduate Student Council. Coordinated, planned, and organized student meetings and annual graduate student research forum. Serve as a liaison between graduate students and faculty.



The University of Denver - National Institute on Multicultural Excellence in the Academy Fellow. June 2007. Attended National Summer Institute for PhD Candidates. Workshops included; Publishing, Preparing a Job Talk, the Tenure Process, and Balancing Research, Teaching, and Writing.


United States District Court, Northern District of New York Expert Witness. 2007

Provided Affidavit as an expert witness for Plaintiff’s in court case, “Jock et al. v Ransom et al.” Mohawk parents sought redress for discrimination in local school district. Contributed to the cultural, linguistic, and educational significance of the Haudenosaunee “Thanksgiving Address.”


The University of Arizona Graduate Writing Institute. Summer 2006.

Participated in month long writing skills improvement program through the graduate college. Attended workshops on; Completing the Dissertation, Building the Literature Review, and Creating Successful Oral Presentations.


The University of Alaska, Fairbanks June 2002

Participated in Cross Cultural Studies for Educators summer session with Professor Ray Barnhardt. Course entailed extensive reading on Alaskan Native education, subsistence based economies, traditional knowledge, and place-based education. One week was spent at an Athabascan fish camp interacting and learning from community members while providing service work.


Kanatsiohareke , Fonda, NY June 2001/June 2002

Participated in two-week Mohawk language immersion sessions during two consecutive summers. Programs focused on language skills, cultural teachings, and craft.



National Indian Education Association (NIEA)

National Associate of Bilingual Education (NABE)

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)



2009 Graduate and Professional Student Council travel award

2006 Marshall Foundation Graduate Fellowship, University of Arizona

2005 Golden Eagle Feather Award for Academic Excellence

2004 - 2008 Betty B. Chastain Educational Foundation Scholarship

2004 Lynn Reyer Award for Tribal Community Development, University of New Mexico

2004 American Indian Graduate Center Rainer Scholarship Fellow

2004 Outstanding Native American Graduate Student for Academic Achievement, University of Arizona

2004 Ft. McDowell Wassaja Scholarship, University of Arizona

2004 – 2005 United South & Eastern Tribes Scholarship

2003 - 2006 USA Funds Scholarship

2002 - 2004 American Indian Studies Endowment Fund, University of Arizona

2001 – 2004 Ethel & Emery Fast Scholarship Fund

2001 - 2005 American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship

2001 - 2008 Catching the Dream Foundation

2001 American Indian Studies Graduate Scholarship, University of Arizona

2001 Bannard Scholarship, University of Arizona

2001 Public Employees Roundtable Scholarship

2001 Ford Foundation Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention

1993 – 1994 American Indian Graduate Center Scholarship

1992 – 1994 Marist College Academic Scholarship

1993 PSI CHI National Honor Society

1992 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities