In the Media

In 2021, Dr. Farina King (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:

Indigenous DC and Guides to Native Lands with Elizabeth Rule Native Circles

This episode features Dr. Elizabeth Rule and her work with Indigenous DC and guides to Native Lands. She discusses the myth of invisibility surrounding Native American contributions to the history of Washington DC and how it can and should be addressed. Washington, DC, is Native land, but Indigenous peoples are often left out of the national narrative. To redress this myth of invisibility, Dr. Rule's book Indigenous DC highlights the Indigenous people and sites that have been important to the history of Washington, DC and the United States more broadly. Inspired by American University professor Elizabeth Rule’s award-winning public history mobile app and decolonizing mapping project, Guide to Indigenous DC, her book is a valuable resource that traces the centrality of Native peoples to the history of the United States.For more information about Dr. Rule's work and the app, please see articles from the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and WAMU. Dr. Rule has been interviewed on Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, Code Switch, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, and more. Details about her book, Indigenous DC: Native Peoples and the Nation's Capital (Georgetown University Press, 2023), can be found at Also, check out the Guide to Indigenous Lands: A Digital Mapping Project and Elizabeth Rule's website for more resources and information.
  1. Indigenous DC and Guides to Native Lands with Elizabeth Rule
  2. Sasha Maria Suarez on Expanding What Native Activism Looks Like
  3. Reconceiving School through Indigenous Education with Meredith McCoy and Matthew Villeneuve
  4. The Lyda Conley Series on Trailblazing Indigenous Futures
  5. Ryan Lee on Community and Support for Indigenous Students

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King cited in Sierra Alvarez, “No More Silence: Boarding School Survivor Anita Yellowhair Shares Her Story, Over 60 Years Later,” Cronkite News, May 8, 2023.

King cited in Lee Guthrie, “MAPPING HISTORY: Symposium speaker explains details of historically significant sites for Indigenous peoples,” Tahlequah Daily Press, April 11, 2023.

King as guest interviewee on Mormon Land podcast, “Writers discuss their identities as Indigenous scholars and Latter-day Saints,” Episode 278, Mormon Land, March 22, 2023.

King cited in Scott McFetridge, “Researchers seek lost Native American boarding school graves,” AP News, November 24, 2022.

“Sarah: Navajo and Latter-day Saint,” This Global Latter-day Saint Life podcast episode with Farina King as a guest commentator, 2022.

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.

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.

“How are Native women telling their own stories? With Dr. Farina King,” The Remedial Herstory Project, (Season 2 Episode 33), posted on April 3, 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.