Taking some smaller steps to get myself back in gear to polish and submit some of the papers and research reports I did at Montana State University Bozeman, for my Master’s degree in Native American Studies, which I received this year in May 2019. While I have had few papers officially published in journals, as compared to other graduate students, being a single parent of a special needs young adult, with many many challenges, honestly, I didn’t have the time or energy beyond required assignments. I am not overly interested in having a long list of publications to my name in the western style of academia, which is often required to “prove” you know what you know (absurd colonized idea), but it is still an important request many universities, organizations, etc. do look for when hiring.
Like others who had to use student loans, I am also facing that grace period to end in December, when you are hit with the 6 digit and completely unreasonable expectations for over-inflated “education” system designed to keep people like you out. It is enormous pressure in many ways, especially when family circumstances and society/location prejudices can definitely prevent you from working in a full-time capacity to make ends meet+.
So, one paper I uploaded was a course paper I completed in 2018:
(LINK) Historical and Contemporary Perceptions and Experiences of Natives with Mixed Ethnic Ancestry. Abstract: “Native Americans continue to experience oppression, racism and discrimination affecting physical, psychological, and spiritual health, in addition to inherited intergenerational historic trauma. These conditions can be offset when cultural continuity and connection is maintained or restored, and through acceptance and support by other indigenous peoples when their identity confirmed and reconfirmed. However, for persons of mixed Native heritage, particularly those with African ancestry, this can be more problematic due to learned racism, prejudice and stereotypes.”
The second upload was the online version of an interview/article first published in Red Rising Magazine in 2016, and later reprinted in Our Schools/ Our Selves from The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, “Mass Historia: Exploring history, narrative, and citizenship in our classrooms”.
(LINK) The Challenges of Indigenous Studies: A voice from both sides of the desk. Description: “A conversation between Red Haircrow and Meg Singer on the challenges both Native and non-Native students and educators can face in Native American and Indigenous Studies courses, but often for very different reasons. Including topics of white supremacist ideology and privilege in society and academia, Europeanized history and educational materials and how going beyond the Native stereotypes that have been learned and taught in all aspects of western society is imperative.