Photograph of Farina King by Will Wilson (2016)

Farina King, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is the Horizon Chair of Native American Ecology and Culture and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. at Arizona State University in History. King specializes in twentieth-century Native American Studies, especially Indigenous experiences in boarding schools. 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. She is the current President of the Southwest Oral History Association. Previously, between 2016 and 2022, she was Associate Professor of History and affiliated faculty of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, in the homelands of the Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees. She also directed and founded the NSU Center for Indigenous Community Engagement.

The University of Oklahoma is on the homelands of the Hasinais (Caddo Nation) and Kirikirʔi:s (Wichita & Affiliated Tribes). This land has also been part of the Muscogee and Seminole nations. Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage, and diverse peoples converged in these lands as well for generations. Thirty-nine federally-recognized Tribal nations dwell in what is now considered the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler colonial policies designed to remove, confine, and forcefully assimilate Indigenous peoples.

See the University of Oklahoma Land Acknowledgement Statement.

Farina King, Ph.D. Interview on July 1, 2021 on NBCLX


August 4-6, 2022, Workshop: “Indigenous Perspectives on the Meanings of ‘Lamanite,'” University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Intermountain Indian School Gathering, September 9-10, 2022, Brigham City, Utah.

Indigenous Peoples Day (invited keynote speaker), October 10, 2022, University of Texas-Arlington.

2022 Annual Western History Association Conference, October 12-15, 2022, San Antonio, Texas.

2022 Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association, October 19-22, 2022, Los Angeles, California.

Read more about Farina King’s recent events.

“COVID-19 in Indian Country” Edited Volume Call for Submissions

Please share this call for submissions with anyone who would be interested in contributing to this proposed edited volume. Ahéhee’/Thank you! COVID-19 in Indian Country Proposed Edited Volume Call for Submissions Submissions due by August 15, 2022 As the COVID-19 pandemic struck peoples throughout the world, Native American communities were disproportionately devastated by the disease. … Continue reading “COVID-19 in Indian Country” Edited Volume Call for Submissions

Upcoming Workshop (August 2022): Indigenous Perspectives on the Meanings of “Lamanite”

The first of an inaugural workshop series titled, “Indigenous Perspectives on the Meanings of ‘Lamanite,’” will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah this August 2022. The objective of these workshops is to support a community of scholars who are interested in reflecting collaboratively on the discourses of “Lamanite.” Participants … Continue reading Upcoming Workshop (August 2022): Indigenous Perspectives on the Meanings of “Lamanite”

Boarding School Survival

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

4 thoughts on “

  1. Thank you so much for speaking to our group last night, the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society. You didn’t just speak to us. You made your Navajo people come alive and allowed us to
    “meet” your family and understand a small part of what it meant to be Navajo in earlier times. Thank you again.


    • Ahéhee’! Thank you, Diana, for coming and supporting this work and listening to my journey with family history. I appreciate your encouraging and kind words. Best wishes, Farina


  2. I’m pleased to let you know that the videos of our “Faith is Action, Stewardship and the Climate” symposium are on our YouTube channel. You may have already seen them shared on Facebook or other platforms. Thanks again for your excellent presentations. 
    We encourage you to share them on your social media and tag our organization @MormonStewards.
    Hashtags you could include are:#ActOnClimate #MormonStewards #EverySaintASteward #FaithIsAction

    Take care,
    Marc Coles-Ritchie
    board chair
    Mormon Environmental Stewardship

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