In the Media

In 2021, Dr. Farina King (Bilagáanaa Diné) and Sarah Newcomb (Tsimshian) launched the podcast Native Circles to feature Native American and Indigenous histories from Indigenous voices and lived experiences. The podcast shares an episode once per month. The first episode, in July 2021, introduces the podcast and focuses on the recent discussions and uncovering of unmarked Indigenous schoolchildren’s graves at Native American and First Nations boarding/residential schools. Listen to our recent episode and check out our Native Circles website:

Dr. Michael Kaulana Ing on Native Hawaiian Philosophy Native Circles

Dr. Michael Kaulana Ing shares with us Kanaka/Hawaiian philosophy as well as what it means to be Kanaka/Hawaiian living away from Hawai'i. He also shares his experiences and knowledge with Philosophy and Religious studies and the need for Indigenous thinking in Philosophy Departments.Michael Kaulana Ing was raised by the ʻāina (land) of Mānoa on the island of Oʻahu. He currently resides on the land of the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee where he is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. He completed his PhD in 2011 at Harvard University, where he studied Chinese thought. More recently, he has been working on ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian thought) and bringing it into conversation with other philosophical traditions.Resources:Information about Dr. Michael Ing and his publications can be found on his faculty page at Indiana University here: Michael Ing's article, "Ka Hulikanaka a me Ka Hoʻokūʻonoʻono: Davida Malo and Richard Armstrong on Being Human and Living Well" can be found in the Journal of World Philosophies here: learn more about Kanaka/Hawaiian culture, language and stories please visit
  1. Dr. Michael Kaulana Ing on Native Hawaiian Philosophy
  2. Living History, Public Memory, and Native American Studies with Jennifer Frazee
  3. Dr. John Little on Creating Change and Awareness through Indigenous-Centered Projects
  4. A conversation about San Carlos Apache history with Marcus Macktima
  5. Alaska Native history and food sovereignty with Dr. Bridget Groat

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OU Nightly feature of Ernestine Berry’s “Indigenizing Centers of Knowledge,” September 19, 2022.

Books by Diné Women,” Indian Country Today newscast, September 13, 2022.

Ep. 121 Gathering: Indigenous Journeys Home and the Power of Place,” In Good Faith, August 28, 2022.

Returning Home: Diné Poetry, Essays, Art, and Journalism from Utah’s Intermountain Indian School (1950-1983, Brigham City),” Speak Your Piece, recorded on November 29, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 14: 102 minutes long), posted on August 26, 2022.

Season 5, Ep. 2: Utah’s Timpanogos Cave & the National Monument’s Centennial Year (1922-2022) Speak Your Piece: a podcast about Utah's history

Date: September 8, 2022 (Season 5, Episode 2: 58 minutes long). Click here to see the SYP webpage which includes historical photographs and recommended readings. Caption for the above photograph: early explorers peering out from within a cave formation in American Fork Canyon's Timpanogos Cave.  Courtesy of the Timpanogos Cave National Monument (NPS). Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here.Next month on October 14, 2022 Utah’s Timpanogos Cave–which actually includes three linked caves-–will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a protected national monument. It was in 1922 that President Warren G. Harding signed Proclamation No. 15040, under the authority of the American Antiquities Act of 1906, to protect the caves for their "unusual scientific interest and importance." Before the monument closes this season on October 16 (or when it reopens in May 2023), we urge you to visit Timp Cave, and join in monument’s centennial celebrations.  Ranger Cami McKinney (program manager over stewardship & interpretation at the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, NPS) is Utah’s leading historian concerning the American Fork Canyon monument. She is the author of Heart of the Mountain, a History of Timpanogos Cave.  A digital version may be available soon here, a hard copy version is available at the Timp Cave store. McKinney started to work at the caves in 1997, and has loved digging into its history ever since. This episode includes the caves’ natural history, its human history–within and surrounding the caves–and finally its speleology. Ranger McKinney wants all of us to learn this word, which is a composite science, involving a cave’s geology, hydrology, biology, cave morphology and its changing microclimate.  Speleology is also all about the stalagmites, helictites, speleothems and anthodites – all the stunning formations created by millions of years of permeating water and minerals. Recently the monument has offered different kinds of tours including lantern tours early each morning. To learn more, look for “Centennial Lantern Tours” on the main page. Topics discussed in this light and engaging SYP episode include: (a) The history of timber harvesting, lumber mills, mining claims, mining towns, even the railroad up American Fork Canyon. (b) The 1887 to 1921 discoveries and rediscoveries of the caves. (c) The history of the NFS, and later in the NPS, and their work in protecting (It was a threatening mining claim which was a catalyst for calls for federal protection). (d) The Native American history surrounding Timpanogos Peak and Cave. (e) The history of the geological, thermal, and other physical forces which created the underground spaces.(f) The early 20th century hiking clubs, including both the men and women, who were instrumental in the cave’s discovery and protection. (g) The early local (Timpanogos Outdoor Committee) and federal partnership which built the trails, set up electrical lighting and more, for the cave.(h) The legends and stories about Timpanogos Mountain and the caves.  (i) The multi-generational, Utah families and individuals, who have served to protect, guide and interpret within the caves for one hundred years.  Bio: Ranger Cami McKinney, is the Program Manager for Resource Stewardship and Interpretation at Timp Cave. She had been a ranger for 25 years. During this journey she also received her Masters Degree in Natural Resources at Utah State University. McKinney began working at Timp Cave in 1997, and has loved digging into the history of the cave and its canyon ever since. She is the author of Heart of the Mountain, a history of Timpanogos Cave. 
  1. Season 5, Ep. 2: Utah’s Timpanogos Cave & the National Monument’s Centennial Year (1922-2022)
  2. Season 3, Ep. 14: Returning Home: Diné Poetry, Essays, Art & Journalism from Utah's Intermountain Indian School (1950-1983, Brigham City, UT)
  3. Season 4, Ep. 5, “Soul of God” – the Life & Works of Utah Raised Mexican Muralist Pablo O’Higgins – A Conversation with Susan Vogel, Fanny Guadalupe Blauer and Catherine Aviles
  4. Season 4, Ep. 3: Utah & the Mormons First Fifty Years Together: A Conversation with LDS Church Historians Matt Grow and Scott Hales
  5. Season 4, Ep. 9, The New Juneteenth Holiday & Utah's Laws on Interracial Marriage (1888-1963)

Tai Edwards and Farina King Receive 2022 AUPresses Stand UP Award,” Association of University Presses Announcements, June 2022.

History professor to speak to genealogical society meeting,” Tahlequah Daily Press, April 18, 2022.

Indigenous peoples caught in the tracks of railroad,” Tahlequah Daily Press, April 8, 2022.

Indian symposium at NSU opens with Tahlequah History mapping workshop,” Tahlequah Daily Press, April 4, 2022.

NSU to host ‘Mapping Tahlequah History’ Workshop,” Cherokee Phoenix, April 1, 2022.

Virtual discussion on Indigenous studies will celebrate completion of Kansas Open Books project,” The Lawrence Times, March 21, 2022.

“‘Returning Home’ compiles Diné students’ art, poetry,” Navajo Times, March 10, 2022.

Photo above of Farina King in featured article of the Navajo Times (March 10, 2022)

“Resisting Assimilation with Art: Diné author to discuss creative legacy of Intermountain Indian School,” Independent, February 26, 2022.

Indigenous Mormons struggle to balance pride in the faith with LDS history,” Religion News Service, January 11, 2022.

Inside the US push to uncover Indigenous boarding school graves,” Al Jazeera, December 17, 2021.

“Native month features virtual talks by Diné authors,” The Navajo Times, November 22, 2021.

King cited in “Thanksgiving in America is a lot older than the Pilgrims,” The Gazette (Denver), November 21, 2021.

“The best books on U.S. Indian boarding school experiences,” Shepherd, November 2021.

Farina King cited in “‘Mormon’ vanquished; Moroni missing; pageants pulled — Is the LDS Church losing its identity?” in The Salt Lake Tribute, September 26, 2021.

Quick 5: Farina King,” Tahlequah Daily Press, August 21, 2021.

Farina King cited in “Native activists hope for probe of Utah boarding school,” AP, August 14, 2021.

Farina King cited in “‘Some Lost Their Lives, Some Found Their Lives’: Remembering The Intermountain Indian School,” KUER 90.1, August 6, 2021.

Farina King cited in “What will a US probe into Indigenous boarding schools uncover?” in AlJazeera, July 13, 2021.

Farina King, Ph.D. Interview about Indian Boarding Schools on NBCLX, July 1, 2021

Why Native Americans struggle to make their stories and traditions fit with the Book of Mormon, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 2, 2021.

Diné Doctor Histories: COVID-19 & Generations of Navajo Healers, Intervals, a podcast of the OAH MarCom Committee, June 9, 2021.

“The Best Advice I Ever Got (With Dr. Farina King),” More and More Every Day Podcast, South Phoenix Oral History Project, June 2021.

Farina King featured with Women of FHSS, Brigham Young University, April 2021.

Candlelight vigil mourns lives lost during pandemic, especially Natives, The Tahlequah Daily Press, April 19, 2021.

Conversation with Farina King, Department of History, Brigham Young University, “History’s Calling – Where Will it Take You?” (March 2021)

Guest Editorial: Save the university press, The Tahlequah Daily Press, March 9, 2021.

Dr. Farina King, Native Honor Hours TV, Season 5, Episode 7, March 4, 2021.

Panelists explain how patriarchies altered two-spirit, Native cultures, The Tahlequah Daily Press, February 26, 2021.

Diné historian Peter Iverson passes, The Navajo Times, February 25, 2021.

Cited in When One Fridge Is Not Enough, The New York Times, February 23, 2021.

Mormons, submit your COVID-19 stories, The Salt Lake Tribune, February 9, 2021.

Mapping Tahlequah History receives national grant, The Northeastern, February 9, 2021.

NEH awards NSU Humanities Initiative grant, Tahlequah Daily Press, January 19, 2021.

NSU professors, students work to map history, Tahlequah Daily Press, January 2, 2021.

NSU to receive grant to support humanities project, Muskogee Phoenix, December 18, 2020.

John Hair Cultural Center and Museum – United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Virtual Tour, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, December 4, 2020.

Mary Golda Ross: Native American Women Trailblazer Series, “Four Directions. One Earth. Mission United” Native American Cultural Celebration, Museum of Native American History, October 2020.

Cited in “‘Mission United’: Sky was no limit for Chickasaw astronaut,” Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, October 1, 2020.

Cited in “Mormons Grapple With Church’s History Of Discrimination Amid Wider Racial Reckoning,” KUOW NPR, September 22, 2020.

MONAH to host Native American Virtual Cultural Celebration,” Tahlequah Daily Press, September 17, 2020.

Misrepresentation, Identity, and Education,” Native Narrative podcast with Jessica Frazier, Sam Phillips, and Dr. Farina King, Northeastern State University, Native American Student Support Center, September 4, 2020.

Interview with Dr. Farina King and Dr. Tinashe Goronga, “Colonialism and COVID-19: When past is present,” AC4 Columbia, August 20, 2020.

Interview with Dr. Farina King,” Beyond the Block: Centering the marginalized in Mormonism, August 19, 2020.

Cited in “Coronavirus pandemic: Crisis in the Navajo Nation,” NHK World- Japan, August 19, 2020.

Dr. King prepares video to launch a series for the Museum of Native American History with Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross and the Northeastern State University archives. This first segment features Cherokee engineer Mary Golda Ross (recorded in August 2020).

Oklahoma Historical Society presents ‘This Land is Herland’ examining women’s activism,” The City Sentinel, July 24, 2020.

“Be true to ourselves and Navajo Code Talkers,” Navajo Times, July 23, 2020.

BYU adds Native American law professor to committee on racial equality and diversity,, July 12, 2020.

Native American professor joins BYU committee examining race, inequality, Deseret News, July 11, 2020.

Texas Scientists Discover That a Dinosaur Made Famous by ‘Jurassic Park’ Was Even More Formidable Than They Thought: Working together with the Navajo Nation—the first discoverers of dilophosaurus—UT paleontologists are revising our understanding of the “best-known worst-known” dinosaur, Texas Monthly, July 9, 2020.

Dr. Farina King, Citizen of The Navajo Nation on COVID 19 & Other Indigenous Issues, The Richard Eeds Show,, July 8, 2020.

Oral History, Indigenous Oral Histories, and Decolonization, Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program Blog, July 3, 2020.

Latter-day Saint artists explore the power of art, Deseret News, June 25, 2020.

‘Diné Doctor’

“Everybody has their different talents,” King said. “People use the skills they have to do what they can to contribute. I’m a storyteller and an educator and this is what I wanted to share and contribute.”

-Farina King quoted in Aubrey Eyre’s “Latter-day Saint artists explore the power of art” (June 2020)

Professor Weaves Together History And Family Stories To Make Sense Of COVID-19 On Navajo Nation, KUER, June 15, 2020.

Side by side with you, Zion’s Suffragists, June 14, 2020.

A simple way to widen the Utah electorate, Deseret News, June 14, 2020.

Honoring The Ones Who Came Before and Slaying The Monster Covid-19 Coronavirus With Navajo Warriors, D. Reger’s Podcast, Moccasin Tracks, WGDR Community Radio, May 27, 2020.

Farina King’s interview with Deborah Reger on Moccasin Tracks on May 25, 2020

Native American communities are struggling during the pandemic. Here’s how to helpMashable, May 22, 2020.

NSU’s Farina King receives Japan residency, Tahlequah Daily Press, May 11, 2020.

Diné sees residency postponed by pandemic, Navajo Times, May 7, 2020.


Navajo Nation’s Pandemic Suffering Underscores Lingering Harms of Colonialism (interview), Top of Mind with Julie Rose, BYU Radio, May 6, 2020.

Diné heroes facing monsters through generationsSalt Lake Tribune, May 2, 2020.

Beauty from Loss: Creative works made by students at the Intermountain Indian School shed new light on a dark past, Humanities: Brigham Young University College of Humanities, Spring 2020.

King at NAM
March 2020 (before COVID-19 outbreaks and shelter-in-place orders in the region)

Students travel to Tahlequah to study ‘forced migration,’ Tahlequah Daily Press, February 27, 2020.

Sense of homesickness pervades Intermountain exhibit, Navajo Times, January 30, 2020.

‘Earth Memory Compass’ leads Diné author home, Navajo Times, January 23, 2020.


Teach Native American realities, not 19th century stereotypes, Tulsa World, December 8, 2019.

Northeastern State University Oral History Class, SOHA Blog, November 14, 2019.

LDS Native American panel discusses perspectives on ColumbusThe Daily Universe, October 20, 2019.

“Notes from the Executive Director,” Insights: Notes from the CCWH [Coordinating Council for Women in History], Summer 2019 Volume 50:2.

The Southwest in Motion: Students Curating Native American Art, OSUCurator’s Blog, August 19, 2019.

Navajo Create Works Return Home to Reservation, The Gallup Independent, August 5, 2019.

August 5, 2019 front page of The Gallup Independent

NSU Students Create New John Hair Museum Table ExhibitGiduwa Cherokee News, May 7, 2019.

“Seek to Reconnect” (interview), Native BYU: Stories, April 5, 2019.

ITGS to Feature Navajo ProfessorTahlequah Daily Press, March 20, 2019.

Native American View of the Grand Canyon’s Centennial Celebration ASU Now Series, February 25, 2019.

Crownpoint Boarding School Through Diné GenerationsAlibi, February 6, 2019.

Better Days 2020 Announces Immediate Availability of Utah Women’s History Education Curriculum for 5th and 11th GradesBusiness Wire, February 5, 2019.

New Regents’ Professor is One of the Nation’s Pre-Eminent History Scholars, ASU Now, February 1, 2019.

Farina King: The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the 20th CenturyNew Books Network Podcast (by Stephen Hausmann), January 25, 2019.

CSWR Announces Spring People and Places LineupUNM Newsroom, January 11, 2019.

Annie Dodge Wauneka, Public Health Promoter, Better Days 2020.

Downsized National Monuments Threaten Native American History, Opponents SayThe Daily Universe, December 20, 2018.

NSU Students Present Final Projects on UKB JHCCMGiduwa Cherokee News, December 2018.

Weekly Book List, November 2, 2018The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 28, 2018.

Women in the Academy: Farina KingJuvenile Instructor, October 22, 2018.

NSU, Indigenous Center to Host Book Talk, Tahlequah Daily Press, October 12, 2018.

The Earth Memory CompassSouthwestern Oral History Association News, October 11, 2018.

Navajo Historian to Speak About New BookMuskogee Phoenix, October 11, 2018.

The Earth Memory Compass (public radio broadcast interview), Beyond Bows and Arrows (KNON 89.3 FM), September 30, 2018.

Beyond Bows and Arrows
Farina King with Beyond Bows and Arrows public radio and special guest Supaman (2018)

NSU Class to Assist UKB Museum Director, Giduwa Cherokee News, September 2018.

NSU freshman to intern at Smithsonian Native museum, Tahlequah Daily Press, April 24, 2018.

Native American Perspectives on Land (interview), Top of Mind with Julie Rose, BYU Radio, April 13, 2018.

Guest Post: Indigenous Voices from San Juan Discuss Bears Ears at the Charles Redd Center, Juvenile Instructor, April 2, 2018.

“We never complete a project alone”: Finishing Exams and Beginning a Dissertation (author), Juvenile Instructor, March 5, 2018.

The Politics of Monuments and Native American History (interview), Top of Mind with Julie Rose, BYU Radio, December 18, 2017.

Forum Held on Controversial Subject: Panelists Speak on Mascot Concerns, The Muscogee Nation News, October 15, 2017.

Stand with Standing Rock: Native American Student Association Hosts Panel, The Shorthorn, November 14, 2016.

RCD Hosts Workshop on Colonialism and Indigenous Studies, The Tufts Daily, October 17, 2016.

Why Standing Rock Matters (public radio broadcast interview), Beyond Bows and Arrows (KNON 89.3 FM), October 2016.

Standing Rock Pipeline Protests Bring New Life to Old Struggles, The Austin Chronicle, September 30, 2016.

UCO to Host Inaugural International Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference this Fall, The City Sentinel, August 5, 2016.

Water River Life Giver and Navajo Water Issues (public radio broadcast interview), Moccasin Tracks (WRUV FM Burlington), May 31, 2016.

Max Perry Mueller’s “History Lessons: Race and the LDS Church,” JMH 50th Roundtable (author), Juvenile Instructor, April 10, 2015.

Changing the Attitude and Culture of Parenthood as Graduate Students (author), Juvenile Instructor, March 2, 2015.

Religious Affiliation Requirement in Indian Boarding Schools (author), Juvenile Instructor, December 29, 2014.

“It is Just There”: Jesse Holiday, a LDS Navajo Elder (author), Juvenile Instructor, November 9, 2014.

Columbus Day, Indigenous Day/Columbus as Hero or Villain: A Native American Mormon Perspective (author), Juvenile Instructor, October 13, 2014.

The Oral History of a LDS Asdáánsání in Diné Bizaad (author), Juvenile Instructor, November 18, 2013.

Mormon Navajo Youth at the Intermountain Indian Boarding School (author), Juvenile Instructor, October 11, 2013.

Is Miss Indian BYU Tradition Waning? Deseret News, May 3, 2007.