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Oklahoma Indigenous Higher Education Webinar 

This webinar was held Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Moderated by Dr. Heather J. Shotton, a panel of Native students shared their experiences followed by a panel discussion of Native scholars. 143 minutes; Closed Captioned.




Outcomes for the webinar include: 

· Better understanding of the significance of sovereignty for Native Nations and what this means for citizens in education; 
· Better understanding of the importance of cultural competence among faculty and staff in educational institutions; 
· The ability to recognize needs for structural changes in institutions to address inequity, access and success; and, 
· Establishment of networks in Oklahoma for partnering to increase access, retention and educational attainment.


Resources shared during the webinar: 

Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education by Heather J. Shotton, Shelly C. Lowe, and Stephanie J. Waterman

Beyond Access: Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success by Stephanie J. Waterman, Shelly C. Lowe, and Heather J. Shotton

Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education by Robin Starr Minthorn and Heather J. Shotton

Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts by Margaret Kovach

Abolish the Racist Seal: UNM KIVA CLUB, The Red Nation Statement to Board of Regents by Nick Estes

Colonized and Racist Indigenous Campus Tour by Robin Starr Minthorn and Christine A. Nelson

Bringing Visibility to the Needs and Interests of Indigenous Students: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice by Nicole Alia Salis Reyes and Heather J. Shotton

Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education by the American Indian College Fund

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Additional resources:

College Guide for Indigenous Students

2021 Scholarship for Indigenous Students $500 award - deadline July 1, 2021.


Heather J. Shotton, Ph.D.

Moderator Heather Shotton image

Heather Shotton, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and the Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Shotton’s scholarship engages with Indigenous higher education, Indigenous college students, and Indigenous feminisms in academia. Her scholarship and practice have been dedicated to bringing visibility to Indigenous people and issues in higher education and transforming higher education as a site of reclamation for Indigenous communities. She served as a co-editor for three critical books that address Indigenous Higher Education; Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education (Stylus), Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press), and Beyond Access: Indigenizing Programs for Native American Student Success (Stylus). Dr. Shotton is a strong advocate for Indigenous education and has spent her career advocating for Indigenous students and communities in educational systems.




Corey Still, Ph.D. 
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees 

presenter Corey Still

American Indian Graduate Center; Director of Scholarship Operations

Dr. Corey Still is a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. He currently serves as the Director of Scholarship Operations for American Indian Graduate Center based out of Albuquerque, NM.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies, a Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration.  His current research agenda includes Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous representation in institutional policy, undergraduate Native men's experiences, Indigenous masculinity, and Native American fraternities and sororities.


Robin "Zape-tah-hol-ah" Starr Minthorn, Ph.D. 
Kiowa Tribe citizen and descendant of the Apache, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Assiniboine Nations

presenter Robin "Zape-tah-hol-ah" Starr Minthorn

Associate Professor, Director of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives, University of Washington Tacoma

Dr. Minthorn is a citizen of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Umatilla/Nez Perce/Apache and Assiniboine Nations. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma. She also serves as the Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives for the School of Education. Her research interests include Indigenous leadership, Indigenous based doctoral experiences, the impact Native American sororities and Indigenous motherhood in the academy. She recently served as Chair of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (IPA) Special Interest Group (SIG) a part of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), current Board Member for the National Indian Youth Council (NIYC), Inc., a former Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community (IPKC) Chair for NASPA, and former National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Board Member. She is the co-editor of the Indigenous Leadership in Higher Education book published by Routledge and Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education published by Rutgers University Press.


Natalie Rose Youngbull, Ph.D. 
Cheyenne & Arapaho

presenter Natalie Rose Youngbull

Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at the University of Oklahoma 

Dr. Youngbull is an enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and descended from the Ft. Peck Assiniboine & Sioux tribes of Montana. Natalie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She continued her education at the University of Arizona earning her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Ph.D. in the Educational Policy Studies and Practice department with an emphasis in Higher Education. She is an Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include the experiences of American Indian Gates Millennium Scholars, Native/Indigenous student success, Native Nation Building, and intellectual leadership and capacity building within tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Natalie serves as an editor of the Tribal College and University Research Journal (TCURJ), the first peer-reviewed journal focused on research based within TCUs. She also is the current Program Chair for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (IPA) SIG within AERA. Natalie is a Gates Millennium Scholar alum and is a member of the Gamma Delta Pi American Indian sisterhood.


Dawna Riding In Hare, M.S.
A member of the Pawnee Nation and Wichita descendent

presenter Dawna Riding In Hare

Dawna Riding In Hare has served on the Pawnee Business Council since May 2015 and is currently in her second term. She chairs of the Land & Property Committee and  Inter-governmental  Affairs Committee.  Committee appointments also include the Enrollment and Communications Committees.

Dawna is a graduate of  Haskell Indian Junior College, University of Kansas, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Masters in Native American Leadership. She spent her career with an urban Indian program and Pawnee Nation tribal government. 
Dawna is an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Oklahoma State University and Co-advisor for the Native American Student Association. She lives in Pawnee with her husband Charles. They have three children Carly Hare, Electa Red Corn, and Danon Hare, and six grandchildren Lottice, Atticus, Signy, Tawali, Maven, and Felix.    


Sydney Prince
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

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Sydney Prince is an enrolled member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. Her tribal name is Acstikiro:khe?e which means she sings pretty. Her hometown is Anadarko, Oklahoma. Ms. Prince is currently finishing her final semester in the Master of Social Work program at The University of Oklahoma. Ms. Prince has demonstrated her commitment to her tribe, community, and colleges through the roles she has fulfilled in her lifetime. Ms. Prince became involved in her tribe by joining the Wichita Kitkiti’sh Little Sister Organization at age eight. Ms. Prince was a member of this organization from age eight to eighteen and through this organization, she was taught the culture and values of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. Through this organization, she was accepted into a sisterhood that supported her future ambitions in the Native American community. Throughout Ms. Prince’s childhood to young adulthood, she represented her tribe and the Native American community through multiple titles such as; Miss Little Indian Fort Sill 2008, Little Miss Indian Lawton Fort Sill 2009, Wichita Kitkiti’sh Little Sister’s Princess 2011-2012, Wichita Tribal Princess 2013-2014, Miss American Indian Exposition Princess 2014-2016, and Miss Indian Oklahoma 2016-2017. Ms. Prince is currently the Vice President of the Wichita Tribal Princess Sorority, a member of the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women, and a member of the Wichita Service Club.

Ms. Prince graduated from Anadarko High School in 2015, she graduated from Redlands Community College with an Associate in Art majoring in Psychology 2017, she graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and minoring and Criminal Justice in 2019, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at The University of Oklahoma where she intends to graduate in 2021. Throughout her education, she has demonstrated her commitment to academic excellence, community, and leadership through her roles. Her roles and honors at Anadarko High School include Valedictorian, President of the Anadarko High School Indian Club, Drum Major, superior rating in the OSSAA Solo and Ensemble Vocal competition, and Achievement Via Individual Determination Tutor. Her roles and honors at Redlands Community College include President of the Native American Student Organization, Vice President of Leadership of Phi Theta Kappa, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a Certificate of Mastery in Human/ Social Services Assistant. Her roles and honors at Cameron University include Undergraduate Research Assistant in The Laboratory of Science of Protective Factors, President of the Native American Student Association, Treasurer of Psi Chi, Presidential Leader and University Scholar, Senior Gift Committee Co-Chair, Psychology Undergraduate Student of the Year, Psychology Major Student of the Year, and Oklahoma Psychology Student of the Year, and graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Her roles at The University of Oklahoma include 2020 Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Child Welfare Training and Simulation, member of OU American Indian Student Association, and Concentration Year Class Representative of the Social Work Student Association.

As an Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholar, Ms. Prince’s future goals include becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in the Native American community. Due to being drawn to working with the youth population Ms. Prince has gained experience with youth and their families as a Substitute Teacher at Anadarko Public School in 2019, a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Child Welfare Training and Simulation in 2020, and is currently a Practicum Student at the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Anadarko Agency.


Juliana Wahnee
Kiowa and Comanche

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Juliana Wahnee is Kiowa and Comanche from the Sahmaunt and Wahnee families. Originally from Lawton, Oklahoma Juliana attends Oklahoma City University and is a junior majoring in Business Administration. 


Mickey Loveless 
Citizen Potawatomi Nation

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Mickey Loveless II (he/they) is currently a third-year undergraduate student in the Data Science program at the University of Central Oklahoma. They have served in a variety of roles across campus and in the community. These include serving as Public Relations Chair and later President of the UCO Native American Student Association; being a part of the 2019 Cohort of the Potawatomi Leadership Program through the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. They currently serve as Lead Mentor of the Native American Success Initiative, UCOSA senator serving on the Ways and Means Committee, Campus Outreach Chair for UCO’s Diversity Round Table whose pillars are to celebrate, educate, advocate, and create a community for students from historically marginalized backgrounds. They are also a 2021 Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Mickey’s research focuses on diverse student representation in higher education, particularly LGBTQIA+ representation in STEM fields.


Beau Henneha

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Beau Henneha is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. He is currently in his third year of Undergrad at Oklahoma State University studying Architecture Design with a minor in Sustainable Design. He is a Sherman Smith CEAT Scholar, a President’s Distinguished Scholar and was awarded Top 10 Freshman. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi and a second year facilitator for the President's Leadership Council.  


This webinar was made possible by collaboration with professionals from these organizations/institutions: 


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