Farina King, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is Associate Professor of History and affiliated faculty of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She is also the director and founder of the NSU Center for Indigenous Community Engagement. She received her Ph.D. at Arizona State University in U.S. History. King specializes in twentieth-century Native American Studies, especially American Indian boarding school histories. She is the author of The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century, and co-author with Michael P. Taylor and James R. Swensen of Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School (November 2021).
As a faculty and committee member at Northeastern State University (NSU), I acknowledge and respect that the campuses of NSU, ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏜ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏗᏕᏠᏆᏍᏗᎢ, are on the ancestral homelands of diverse Indigenous peoples, including, but not limited to, Caddos, Osages, Wichitas, Kickapoos, Lakotas, Quapaws, Cherokees, and Muscogees.
The NSU-Tahlequah, ᏓᎵᏆ, campus shares space with the headquarters and homelands of ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. The NSU campuses in Muskogee and Broken Arrow are within the Muscogee Nation, homelands of Este Mvskokvlke Paksvnke, Mucv-Nettv, Pakse, Muscogee People, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
NSU originates from the Cherokee National Female Seminary founded by the Cherokee Nation in the nineteenth century. I commit to continually learn about Cherokee and Indigenous peoples and issues and build relationships with all beings in these lands. I encourage you to further understand the First Peoples of lands in which you dwell.
5 pm ET, September 30, 2021: Symposium on Slavery and Dispossession, Emory University.
6 pm-7:30 pm ET, September 30, 2021: “Historical Injustices of Indian Boarding Schools: A Dialogue with Dr. Farina King and Dr. Davina Two Bears,” Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Purdue University.
10:15 am CT, Friday, October 1, 2021: “This Land is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma Session 1,” Sixth Annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, September 30-October 2, 2021, University of Central Oklahoma.
11 am CT, Saturday, October 2, 2021: “Mapping Tahlequah History” panel, 2021 Oklahoma Council for History Education Fall Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma.
1 pm CT, Saturday, October 9, 2021: “Native American Communities and Reflections on Healing and Caring of a Medicine Man with Dr. Phil Smith,” 2021 Native American Cultural Celebration, Museum of Native American History, Bentonville, Arkansas.
October 11-14, 2021: “Moving Stories,” 2021 Oral History Association Annual Meeting (Virtual); The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) is one of the OHA 2021 conference sponsors, and SOHA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. King is part of the following sessions:
Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 am to 11:30am ET, “Knowledge is not a Right; It’s a Privilege: Traversing the Fine Lines of Indigenous Oral History”
Wednesday, October 13, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET, “Reorienting Family History: Indigenous and Oral Society Perspectives”
9 am CT, October 15, 2021: “Mapping Tahlequah History,” North American Cartographic Information Society Annual Meeting (NACIS), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
October 22-24, 2021: Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP) seminar (guest speaker) on Oklahoma history and historians, University of Oklahoma.
October 27-30, 2021: “To the West and Beyond: The Local and the Global in Western History,” 61st Annual Western History Association Conference, Portland, Oregon.
November 4-5, 2021: BIPOC in Academia Conference, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
January 6-9, 2022: “Teaching Indigenous History and Literacy with Primary Sources,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans.
February 2-4, 2022: 22nd Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
March 3, 2022: Diné and Native American Educational Histories and Experiences, Rehoboth Christian School, New Mexico.
March 22-24, 2022: “No One Exists in Isolation: International Latter-day Saints and Their Neighbours,” Global Mormon Studies, Coventry University, England.
March 31-April 3, 2022: “Historicizing COVID-19 in Navajo Nation,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Boston.
April 1-3, 2022: Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
April 4-5, 2022: Mapping Tahlequah History Workshop, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
April 4-9, 2022: American Indian Symposium, Center for Tribal Studies, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
May 20-21, 2022: 2nd Railroads in Native America Gathering and Symposium, Ogden, Utah. Download our Call for Submissions:
Read more about Farina King’s recent events.
As the public now decries the unmarked graves of Indigenous children of residential and boarding schools, many Native families are thinking, “We know. Finally, they’re paying attention!” After all the work that many Native communities and intellectuals and activists have been doing, people are noticing and condemning, unlike any time before, the terror and nightmare … Continue reading Boarding School Survival
“I did not run away from the education.” –My father, Phil Smith In the first episode of the Native Circles podcast that I started with Sarah Newcomb, we address issues of Indigenous boarding schools. In this blog piece, I continue to reflect on the impacts of Indian boarding schools in my own family and life. … Continue reading I exist because my father survived boarding school
These are hard times, I know. But universities and education are getting hit especially hard, and this includes our wonderful university presses. My first book, The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century, was published in 2018 by the University Press of Kansas and we (the authors of the books published … Continue reading Support University Presses