Photograph of Farina King by Will Wilson (2016)

Farina King is Assistant Professor of History and affiliated faculty of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. at Arizona State University in U.S. History. King specializes in twentieth-century Native American Studies.

During the Spring 2018 semester, King taught “History of Indian Education.”

History of Indian Education flyer


Thursday, May 17, 2018, “Native Women Indigenizing Dallas Since the Late Twentieth Century,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting, Los Angeles.

May 19, 2018, American Indian Achievement Celebration, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas

June 7-10, 2018, “Homelands and Bordered Lands,” Mormon History Association annual meeting, Boise, Idaho. Donate to the MHA International Scholar Fund through GoFundMe and the MHA website. Register for MHA 2018 here.

King helped to organize the following accepted MHA 2018 panels:

  • Roundtable: “Indigenous/Scholars of Color Speak to the History of the ‘Other’ in Mormon Studies”
  • “Before and After the Official Declaration 2”
  • “Currents in Indigenous Mormonism: Where have we been? Where are we now? Where are we going?”
  • “Beyond a Single Mormon Story: Histories of Culture and Race in International Mormonisms”
  • “Histories of Global Mormonisms”
  • “Entangled Histories of Mormons and Native Americans from the Nineteenth Century to Early Twentieth Century”

October 10-13, 2018, Session titled “Heritages of Survivance: Indigenous Narratives of Continuity and Community,” Conference theme of “Oral History in Our Challenging Times,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

October 17-20, 2018, Conference theme of “Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West,” Western History Association annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

October 25-27, 2018, 21st Diné Studies Conference, “150 Years Later: Acting and Advocating to Empower Our Own Researchers and Healers and Visionaries and Thinkers and Planners and Leaders and Scientists and… Neeznádiin dóo’ąą ashdladiin nááhaigo: Nihidine’é nida’ałkaahígíí, nahałáhí, dahaniihii dóó nitsékeesii dóó naha’áii dóó éé’deitįįhii,  doozhóódgóó ba’ahódlí dóó ílį́įgo hiilna’,” Diné College, Tsaile, Arizona.

November 1-4, 2018, The History of Education Society annual meeting, Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Session titled “Institutionalizing Emergency: Boarding Schools and the Crises of Colonialism,” November 8-11, 2018, “States of Emergence,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Atlanta.


April 27-29, 2018, “Elevating Voices: Oral Histories of Resilience and Unity,” Southwest Oral History Association annual meeting, Fullerton, California.

King served as SOHA 2018 conference program committee co-chair and helped to organize the following sessions:

  • Plenary Session: “Developing Indigenous Community and Home-Based Oral Histories”
  • Panel: “Un-Erasing Voices of Ethnic Communities in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands”

April 16-21, 2018, “Walking With Our Ancestors: Preserving Culture and Honoring Tradition,” 46th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

King will participate in the following sessions that she organized for the symposium:

  • April 19, “Horse and Buffalo People in Native America,” 1 pm-2:15 pm, University Center, Room Ballroom
  • April 19, “Mapping Histories of Indian Education,” 2:30 pm-3:45 pm, University Center, room 223

More Than A Word Showing and Forum

HawkTalks - Farina

Mapping Tahlequah History Class Symposium

Top of Mind with Julie Rose, April 13, 2018:

Native American Perspectives on Land

Guests: Farina King, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Northeastern State University; Nizhone Meza, JD, Attorney; Tommy Rock, PhD, Environmental Scientist and Founder of Rock Environmental Consulting; Aldean Ketchum, Musician, Flute Builder

Mother Earth’s sacred nature is a common thread through the spiritual beliefs of Native American tribes across the country. We saw reverence for the land unite diverse indigenous communities at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and in the effort to preserve Bears Ears in Utah. We explore what it is that so deeply binds America’s original inhabitants to the land.

Bears Ears Slide

March 2-3, 2018, Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians and the Oklahoma Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma.


Patti Loughlin and Farina King at OAPH and Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference at UCO

“Indigenous Oral Histories in Dallas Inspired by #NoDAPL and Water Is Life Coalition Building,” January 4, 2018, American Historical Association, Washington, D.C.


Mike Lawson, Veronica Tiller, Don Fixico, & Farina King at AHA 2018

Top of Mind with Julie Rose on BYU Radio, December 18, 2017:

The Politics of Monuments and Native American History

Guest: Farina King, PhD, Assistant Professor, History, Northeastern State University and member of the Navajo Nation

“Monuments of all sorts are a focal point for debate in America today: whether it’s Confederate War memorials, statues of conquering explorers like Columbus or natural landscapes like the Bears Ears National Monument President Trump recently scaled back significantly.

A monument is really about us saying ‘this is a place, a memory, a culture, a history we want to preserve.’ But given the diversity of views and complexity of America’s history, is it any wonder we’re having trouble agreeing on our monuments? Let’s have a look at this from the perspective of America’s indigenous communities.”

HST 1493 Class Symposium Dec 4


More Than A Word Panel Film Flyer

Indian Mascot Cases panel before showing of Kenn and John Little’s film “More Than a Word,” November 17, 2017, American Indian Heritage Month, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. See the full listing of NSU American Indian Heritage Month events on the Center for Tribal Studies website.


Gregorio Gonzales, Rayna Green, and Farina King at WHA 2017 Indian Scholars’ Luncheon


Grace Hunt Watkinson, Sasha Suarez, Farina King, Brooke Linsenbardt, and Dina Gilio-Whitaker at WHA 2017

“Connecting the Generations: Indigenous Women Standing for their People and Communities,” November 3, 2017, Western History Association Conference, San Diego.


Please watch and share the “Navajo Voices on Bears Ears” panel recording (click on the highlighted link to the YouTube channel of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law).


“Learning and Teaching Women’s Historical Experiences at Northeastern State University,” September 28, 2017, International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Mascot Issue Panel Flyer Sept 26 NSU

This is a video recording of the September 26th panel on “Why the Indian Mascot Issue Matters”:

Panel flyer draft

See a clip of the “Water is Life” Panel from September 1 on the Tribal Film Festival Facebook Page.

“Natives and Institutions: Gender and Navigating Wardship,” August 4, 2017, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, California State University, Northridge.

Roundtable: “Indian Student Placement Program Experiences,” Mormon History Association Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2017.

Roundtable: “Intergenerational Oral Histories of Intermountain Boarding School,” Southwest Oral History Association Conference, Tempe, Arizona, April 2017.

Roundtable: “State of the Department of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies,” 45th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, “Indian Givers: Indigenous Inspirations,” Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, April 2017.

“The Mountains Beyond the School Walls,” March 22, 2017, Clements Center Monthly Talks, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Roundtable: “Everyday Acts of Resurgence.” American Indian Studies Association Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, February 2017.

Forum on “Indigenous Knowledge Matters” (invited panelist), November 21, 2016, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.


“Water River Life Giver: Engaging Navajos and Diverse Communities in Addressing Clean Water Issues,” November 19, 2016, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


John Norder, Holly Brause, Al Gedicks, Blaire Topash-Caldwell, & Farina King (AAA 2016)

“#NoDAPL and Stand With Standing Rock” Forum (invited panelist), November 14, 2016, University of Texas, Arlington.


UTA Panel on #NoDAPL Movement

“Disruptive education: unveiling and dismantling the doctrine of settler colonialism through curriculum,” November 13, 2016, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Montréal, Canada.


See the Clements Center and Maguire Energy Institute forum on YouTube through the following weblink: Why Standing Rock Matters (helped to organize).

“Histories of Indigenous Education,” October 23, 2016, Western History Association Annual Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Indian Education History panelists (WHA 2016)

“Decolonization, Research, & Community,” October 14, 2016, “Native American and Indigenous Studies, Colonialism, and the University” Fall Workshop, Consortium for Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Tufts University.

“Native American Oral History Close to Home,” October 13 & 15, 2016, Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California.


Native American Oral History panelists with Madonna Thunder Hawk at OHA 2016

“Curiosities of New Mexico at Bachechi Open Space,” September 27, 2016, New Mexico State Archives, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Author Meets Critics: A Panel Discussion of Hokulani Aikau’s A Chosen People, A Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawai’i (University of Minnesota Press, 2012),” June 10, 2016, Mormon History Association Conference, Snowbird, Utah.


Hokulani Aikau, Elise Boxer, Farina King, and Sujey Vega at MHA 2016

Workshop on “American Indians and Mormons,” June 7, 2016, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Broadcast of Moccasin Tracks on “Water River Life Giver and Navajo Water Issues,” May 31, 2016, WRUV FM Burlington, Podcast.

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