Photograph of Farina King by Will Wilson (2016)

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).

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


10 am Pacific Time, August 12, 2021: “(Re)Centering Pedagogies and Perspectives in Teaching History With Indigenous and Diverse Community Voices,” Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Annual Conference (virtual).

7 pm Central Time, September 8, 2021: This Land is Herland book event with Magic City Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

12 pm Mountain Time, September 20, 2021: “Historicizing COVID-19 in Navajo Nation,” “Public Health and the Common Good” themed 69th Annual Utah State Historical Society Conference (virtual).

September 30-October 2, 2021: Sixth Annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, University of Central Oklahoma.

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 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.

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.

January 6-9, 2022: “Teaching Indigenous History and Literacy with Primary Sources,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans.

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 (tentatively scheduled): Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

April 4-9, 2022: American Indian Symposium, 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.

Support University Presses

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

Native American Representation in Higher Ed Committees on Race and Inequality

June 20, 2020 Please sign and support this petition, BYU’s Committee on Race and Inequality Needs a Native American Representative, which serves to remind Brigham Young University (BYU) and its Academic Vice President C. Shane Reese that it is overdue to listen to and value Native American and Indigenous voices at BYU and throughout the … Continue reading Native American Representation in Higher Ed Committees on Race and Inequality

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  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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