Presentation Sessions

The 21st Diné Studies Conference proudly presents the following presentations, films, poetry readings, panels, and workshops. Nearly 60 presenters covering topics on the Treaty, Law, Politics, Media, Literature, Education, Language, Identity, History, Culture, Knowledge, Workshops, Poetry, and more. These are organized into a comprehensive listing of five themes of the most recent and exciting research, work, and topics on the Diné. To join us and support Diné scholarship, register here.

The following are listed as concurrent sessions organized in the agenda as follows:

Concurrent Sessions:

Session 1: Treaty, Politics and Law

Session 2: Media and Literature

Session 3: Education and Language

Session 4: History and Identity

Session 5: Cultural Knowledge and Workshops


Session I: Treaty, Politics and Law 

Gallery, Museum 4th Floor, Ned Hathathli Center, Diné College

Friday, October 26

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Naltsoos Sani: A Legal History of the Navajo Treaty of 1868

Paul Spruhan, J.D., Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Department of Justice

Navajo Nationalism, 1940s-1960s

Paul C. Rosier, Ph.D., Mary M. Birle Chair in American History, Villanova University

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Reflections on the Navajo Treaty of 1868—Scholarship, Community Remembrances, and International Human Rights

Jennifer Denetdale, Ph.D.(Diné), Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico

Exploiting the Fifth World: Navajo Land and Economic Development

Ezra Roser, J.D., Law Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Long Walk:  Healing for Today

Philip J. Chmielewski, Ph.D., Professor and Sir Thomas More Chair of Engineering Ethics, Loyola Marymount University

 

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Author Meets Critic Session: Landscapes of Power by Dana Powell

Panelists: Dana E. Powell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Appalachian State University; Jennifer Denetdale, Ph.D. (Diné) Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico; Earl Tulley (Diné), and Sandra Yellowhorse (Diné), Doctoral Student, University of Auckland, Venaya Yazzie (Diné) Moderator: Andrew Curley, Ph.D. (Diné), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, UNC - Chapel Hill

 

Saturday, October 27th

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

 

Getting A Diné Leader to Congress: Trials and Tribulations of Navajo Congressional Contenders and possibilities for our future

Panelists: Derrick Watchman - Arizona (Diné), Jack Jackson, Jr. - Arizona (Diné), Wenona Benally, J.D. - Arizona (Diné), and current congressional contender, James Singer - Utah (Diné). Moderator: Wendy S. Greyeyes, Ph.D. (Diné), Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico

 

 

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Influencing policy solutions: Navajo Nation Human Trafficking White Paper

Presenters: Honorable Nathaniel Brown (Navajo Nation Council Delegate), Honorable Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Navajo Nation Council Delegate), Kathleen Finn and Carla Fredericks - University of Colorado-Boulder American Indian Law Clinic;  Eric Gale - Navajo Department of Family Services;  Melissa Clyde - Casey Family Programs


Session II: Media and Literature

Student Union Building Activity Room, Diné College

Friday, October 26

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Photography in the Hweéldi Era

Panelists: Rapheal Begay, Curator and photographer, Maxwell Museum, University of New Mexico; Devorah Romanek, Curator, Maxwell Museum, University of New Mexico; Hannah Abelbeck, Digital Archivist, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM. Moderator: Jennifer Denetdale, Ph.D.(Diné) Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of New Mexico.

 

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Dine Literatures: Past and Future Perspectives of Dine Literature and Nation-Building through Writing

Panelists: Lemanuel Loley, Navajo Technical University; Orlando White, Diné College; Dr. Laura Tohe, Arizona State University; Byron Aspaas; Sherwin Bitsui; and Esther Belin. Moderator:  Jake Skeets (Diné).

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“In Navajo, a warrior says what is in people’s hearts": A cultural and literary analysis of Bighorse the Warrior

Luci Tapahonso (Diné), Professor Emerita of Diné and English Literature (University of New Mexico 2016)  

Art as a Spiritual Expression for Indigenous Well Being

Marlena Robbins (Diné), Mesa, Arizona

Saturday, October 27th

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Poetry Reading of New and Selected Works of Luci Tapahonso

Luci Tapahonso (Diné), Professor Emerita of Diné and English Literature (University of New Mexico 2016)  

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 Shásh Jaa’: Bears Ears (25 min short)

Angelo Baca (Diné/Hopi), Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, Culture and Media Documentary Program, New York University 

Cultural Grit: The Story of K-Town Youth

Wendy S. Greyeyes, Ph.D. (Diné), Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico

Hondo Louis (Diné), Assistant Professor, Navajo Technical University


Session III: Education and Language

Theatre, Museum 4th Floor, Ned Hathathli Center, Diné College

Friday, October 26

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Development and Growth of Parent Leaders via the Indian Education Committee

Panelists: Katie Joe, Brenda Begay, Myrtle CauAugust, and Carleen Benally. Moderator: Carmen Moffett (Diné).

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma for Indigenous Communities

LeManuel Lee Bitsóí, Ed.D. (Diné), Chief Diversity Officer/Research Professor, Stony Brook University, New York

A Century-Plus of Sheepherding on Black Mesa: An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Navajo Pastoralism

Wade Campbell (Diné), Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, Harvard University

From Naaltsoos Sani to Now: Dismantling the Effects of Disciplinary Policy from our Navajo Schools to Navajo Imprisonment

Delores Greyeyes, Ph.D. (Diné), Program Director, Department of Corrections, Navajo Nation and Wendy S. Greyeyes, Ph.D. (Diné), Assistant Professor, Department of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico   

 

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Reflecting upon Diné College – 50th Anniversary of the First Tribally Controlled College

Miranda Haskie, Ed.D. (Diné), Faculty, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Diné College

 

Navajo students’ decision-making factors that influence access and persistence in doctoral education

Colin Ben (Diné), Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah

 

Indigenous Knowledge System and Decolonizing Methodology Interwoven Into Higher Education Experience: Autoethnography

Frank Sage, Ph.D. (Diné), Director, Diné Policy Institute, Diné College

Hozhoogo Na’adah: A Navajo balancing Construct

Herbert John Benally, Ph.D. (Diné), School of Diné Studies and Education, Diné College

 

Saturday, October 27th

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m

Ripple Effects: Intergenerational Ties of Diné Boarding school experiences, Stories and memories

Panelists: Tiffany Lee, Ph.D. (Diné/Oglala Lakota), Natahnee Winder (Tsaidüka (Duckwater Shoshone, Diné, Cui Ui Ticutta, Pyramid Lake Paiute and Nuucic (Southern Ute))); Farina King (Diné); Sandra Yellowhorse (Diné). Moderator: Miranda Haskie, Ed.D. (Diné), Faculty, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Diné College

 

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Diné doctoral students designing dissertation research that enforces tribal nation building.  

Panelists: Crystal Tulley-Cordova, Diné, Doctoral Candidate, Geology, University of Utah; Sharon Singer, Diné, Doctoral Candidate, Navajo Nation Ph.D. Program, Arizona State University; Ranalda Tsosie, Diné, Doctoral Student, Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, University of Montana. Moderator: Colin Ben (Diné), Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah


SESSION IV: History and Identity

Classroom 1 (500A), Ned Hathathli Center, Diné College

Friday, October 26

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Diné Third Gender Identifiers: Advocating Towards Social & Educational Policies

Andy Nez (Diné), Education Specialist, Office of Educational Research and Statistics, Department of Diné Education

Traditional and Contemporary Navajo Identity

Lloyd Lee, Ph.D.(Diné), Associate Professor, Department of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico   

 

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mapping the Patriarchal Norm of Misrecognition: Exposing Consequences for Diné Woolgrowers and Weavers

Kathy M’Closkey, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, University of Windsor, Canada

Navajo Masculine Performance/Expression in the 21st Century

Lloyd Lee, Ph.D.(Diné), Associate Professor, Department of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico   

 

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Be Matriarch, Not Feminist: Perpetuating Diné Asdzaá

Venaya Yazzie (Diné), Huerfano, New Mexico  

Navajo Patriarchy in a 21st Century World

Lloyd Lee, Ph.D.(Diné), Associate Professor, Department of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico   

 

Saturday, October 27th

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m

 

Second Generation Diné Relocatees: Experiencing and Coping with Land Loss, Cultural Dispossession, and Displacement

Aresta Tsosie-Paddock, Ph.D. (Diné), Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

What do fences represent on Navajo Nation?

Kelsey Dayle John, Ph.D. (Diné), Doctoral Candidate, Syracuse University

 

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m

 

Teaching Diné and Indigenous Studies to Non-Native College Students: Experiments in Decolonial Thinking

Dana E. Powell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Appalachian State University

 

Changes in Navajo Ethnography Over the Past 25 Years

Kimberly J. Marshall, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

 

Help Us Transition Home

Charlinda Haudley (Diné) Doctoral Candidate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona

Nicholas Wilson (Diné), Doctoral Student, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona


SEsSION V: Cultural Knowledge

Friday, October 26

R.C. Gorman Room, 2nd Floor of the Kinya'áanii Library

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

 

Turquoise Trot: Navajo cultural Arts program (NCAP) Emerging Cultural Artisan Showcase

Brent Toadlena: Moccasin Making;  

Heather Williams: Cinch Weaving;  

Aaron Begay: Sashbelt Weaving;  

Delia Wauneka: Silversmithing; 

Waycee Harvey: Basket Making. 

Moderator: Chris Ami, Ph.D. (Diné)

  

Classroom 2 (500B), Ned Hathathli Center, Diné College

1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cultivating Diné Learning Spaces through Workshops

Moderators: Sam Slater, Alumni, Navajo Cultural Arts Program and Crystal Littleben, 2017 Miss Navajo Nation

 

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nat’oh Ba Hane: How Tobacco Saved the World from Destruction and Healed the People

Avery Denny (Diné), Adrian Lerma (Diné), and Michael Lerma (P'urhépecha)

 


Diné Cultural Activities Part I

Friday, October 26

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Workshop: Miniature Moccasin Making (Limit to 5)

Sam Slater (Diné), Alumni, Navajo Cultural Arts Program

 

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Workshop: Miniature Moccasin Making (Limit to 5)

Sam Slater (Diné), Alumni, Navajo Cultural Arts Program

 

Workshop: Leading with Fire: Silversmithing Workshop (Limit to 5)

Crystal Littleben (Diné), 2017 Miss Navajo Nation

 

 

Diné Cultural Activities Part II

Saturday, October 27th

10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Workshop: A Hozhójií (Blessing Way) Ceremonial Song 

Homer Hubbell (Diné) and Lorene Legah (Diné)

 

3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Workshop: Leading with Fire: Silversmithing Workshop (Limit to 5)

Crystal Littleben (Diné), 2017 Miss Navajo Nation

 


Updated 8/14/2018. Any concerns, problems, or questions can be directed to dine.studies@gmail.com