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“COVID-19 in Indian Country: Native American Memories and Experiences of the Pandemic,” May 12, 2023, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Tkaronto (Toronto).

“COVID-19 in Indian Country” panel, including Gavin A. Healey, Farina King, Shaina Nez, Natahnee Winder, Kumiko Noguchi, and Chelsea Mead, at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 2023 conference in Toronto

“Lamanite Generations at BYU” (paper presentation), 2nd Workshop and Symposium of Indigenous Perspectives on the Meanings of “Lamanite,” April 27-29, 2023, Claremont Graduate University.

“Indigenous Perspectives of the Meanings of ‘Lamanite'” 2023 Workshop at Claremont Graduate University

Book Talks with Author Farina King at Diné College branches of Crownpoint and Shiprock, April 13 & 14, 2023, Navajo Nation, New Mexico.

MMIW Awareness Panel (invited virtual panelist), April 13, 2023 hosted by Northeastern State University students.

“Indigenous Truthtelling of Boarding Schools,” 50th Anniversary American Indian Symposium, April 12, 2023, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah.

“Indigenous Truthtelling of Boarding Schools” panel at NSU American Indian Symposium April 2023 with Samantha Benn-Duke, Mercedes Garner, Kylie Hall, Amelia Cook, Midge Dellinger, Farina King, & Lindsey Chapman

2nd Mapping Tahlequah History Workshop, April 10, 2023, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah.

“Coming to a Crossroads: Public Historians, Identities and Statewide Mythologies,” 2023 Organization of American Historians Conference, April 1, 2023, Los Angeles.

“Voices of Diné Boarding School Survivors” (invited presentation) for “Native Boarding Schools, Historical Research, and Catholic Archives” Hybrid Conference, March 25, 2023, Tucson, Arizona.

“Colonial Bordering of Indigenous Spaces,” 2023 American Indian Studies Association Conference, February 3, 2023, Arizona State University, Tempe.

“Walking Through the Fire: Indigenous Perseverance in an Epoch of Turmoil” (invited plenary speaker), 2022 Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association, October 20, 2022, Los Angeles, California.

Annual Western History Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 12-15, 2022. Farina King participated in the following sessions:

“Interpreters in Western History: Translating Peoples, Sources, and the Past” (sponsored by the Center of the American West)

Interpreters in Western History session (WHA 2022)

“Civil Wars and History Wars: Struggles Over Commemorating and Representing Oklahoma’s Indigenous Past”

“Challenging the Standards of Scholarship: Alternatives to the Monograph and Single-Authored Works”

Farina King as invited keynote at UT-Arlington (October 2022)

“Native Circles: Sustaining Ties to HomeLand” (invited keynote speaker), Indigenous Peoples Day, Central Library Atrium, University of Texas-Arlington, October 10, 2022.

“Reflections on Discourses about ‘Lamanites’: A Panel Discussion” (moderator and co-organizer of workshop and public sessions), Mormon Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, August 5, 2022.

2022 August Workshop with the American West Center and Mormon Studies at the University of Utah

“In Search of Oral History ‘Best Practices'” (virtual presentation) for Southwest Oral History Association Lightning Summer Bootcamp, July 15, 2022.

Short-Term Residency in Tokyo, Japan, Organization of American Historians-Japanese Association for American Studies Japan Historians’ Collaborative supported by the Japan–United States Friendship Commission, May 28-June 15, 2022:

The Japanese Association for American Studies Annual Meeting, June 3-5, Chuo University; and guest lectures at Sophia University, Otsuma Women’s University, and the International Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University.

Image above: Farina King with Professors Yuka Mizutani and Kumi Noguchi and students at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan (June 2022)

“Teaching and Learning about Railroads in Indian Territory and Among the Five Tribes” (organized session and served on steering committee as program co-chair), Railroads in Native America Gathering and Symposium, Ogden, Utah, May 2022.

Indigenous Boarding Schools and Their Legacy in Indigenous Families and Communities” (invited virtual conversation), Vermont Law School, April 2022.

“Interpreters in Western History” Symposium, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, April 2022.

“Teaching and Learning about Railroads in Indian Territory” (session organizer and moderator), American Indian Symposium, Center for Tribal Studies, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, April 2022.

“An Introduction to Mapping Tahlequah History,” Mapping Tahlequah History Workshop, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, April 2022.

“A Conversation with the SOHA Anti-Racism Committee,” Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, April 2022.

“Historicizing COVID-19 in Navajo Nation” (roundtable organizer), Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Boston, March 2022.

Kansas Open Books with Open Access Publishing and the Future of Native and Indigenous Studies,” webinar discussion (invited panelist), March 2022.

Diné Women in Medicine and Healing Through Generations (virtual talk), Museum of Native American History, Bentonville, Arkansas, March 2022.

Book Talk about Returning Home, Fayetteville Public Library, Arkansas, March 2022.

Book Talk about Returning Home (in-person and virtual), John Vaughan Library, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, March 2022.

Conversation and presentation about Diné boarding school experiences and “Returning Home” with students, Window Rock High School, Navajo Nation, March 2022.

Class and professional development meetings and public book talk about “Returning Home,” Rehoboth Christian School, New Mexico, March 2022.

American Religion and Native American Boarding Schools (invited panelist for webinar), National Museum of American Religion, February 2022.

Virtual Talk about Dził ya’ ołta’ (“The School Inside the Mountain”) and “Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School,” Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado, February 2022.

Virtual Book Talk about Returning Home with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, Arizona State University Library, February 2022.

Book Talk Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School, Maricopa Community Colleges and Phoenix Indian Center respectively, February 2022.

Farina King with the Phoenix Indian Center for book talk at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center in February 2022.

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

Photo of the Indigenous History and Literacy Panel at the American Historical Association 2022 Annual Meeting with Stephanie Griswold, Farina King, Iain Anderson, Trico Blue, and Chris Clark.

“Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School” book talk with Diné Studies (the recording of the book talk is available on the Diné Studies Facebook page), November 2021.

Inaugural Dr. Isabel Baker Memorial Lecture in Women’s Studies featuring Dr. Farina King, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, November 17, 2021.

“Loyal Countrywomen: Cherokee National Female Seminary Alumnae” and Author Talk about Dr. King’s chapter contribution to This Land is Herland (2021), Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, November 2021.

Book signing and discussion with authors of This Land is Herland, Too Fond of Books, Tahlequah, November 2021.

This is Herland and contributors honored at the Western History Association 2021 conference

“To the West and Beyond: The Local and the Global in Western History,” 61st Annual Western History Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 2021. Dr. Farina King is part of the following sessions and presentations: “The State of University Publishing in 2021”; “Thomas Alexander and Native American History and Future Scholarship”; “Challenging a Termination-Era Boarding School.”

“This Land is Herland” presentation about chapter of “Loyal Countrywomen,” Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP) seminar (guest speaker), University of Oklahoma, October 23, 2021.

Dr. King (far left) with OSLEP October 2021 participants including Dr. Heather Clemmer and Dr. Sarah Janda with students

“Mapping Tahlequah History,” North American Cartographic Information Society Annual Meeting (NACIS), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 2021.

“Boarding Schools, Historical Trauma, and Indigenous Resilience” (virtual), UTEP and EPCC Student Leadership and Campus Life, October 2021.

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“Moving Stories,” 2021 Oral History Association Annual Meeting (Virtual), October 11-14, 2021; The Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) was one of the OHA 2021 conference sponsors, and SOHA celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

King was part of the following SOHA at OHA 2021 sessions:

“Southwest Oral History Association: Reaction from the Summer Bootcamp”

“Knowledge is not a Right; It’s a Privilege: Traversing the Fine Lines of Indigenous Oral History”

“SOHA at 40: Past Presidents and S’mores Remembering”

“Reorienting Family History: Indigenous and Oral Society Perspectives”

“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 9, 2021.

“Mapping Tahlequah History,” Oklahoma Council for History Education Fall Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, October 2021.

“This Land is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma Session 1,” Sixth Annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, October 2021.

“Historical Injustices of Indian Boarding Schools: A Dialogue with Dr. Farina King and Dr. Davina Two Bears,” Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Purdue University, September 2021.

Roundtable: “The BYU Slavery Project: Student-Centered Research and the Work of Anti-Racism in History Education,” Symposium on Slavery and Dispossession, Emory University, September 2021.

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

“Intermountain Memories” with Intermountain Indian School Alumni Panel, Utah State University-Brigham City campus, September 11, 2021.

Returning Home Intermountain,” brown bag talk, Utah State University, Logan, September 10, 2021.

This Land is Herland book event with Magic City Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 8, 2021.

Dr. Farina King (far right) with Dr. Patricia Loughlin and Dr. Sarah Eppler Janda at Magic City Books on September 8, 2021.

“Mapping Tahlequah History,” NSU Community and Collaboration Day, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, August 2021.

Jennie Ross Cobb: Cherokee Photographer and Historian (August 2021 video by Farina King and interview parts featuring Cliff Biggers, Shirley Pettengill, and Karen Shade-Lanier with support from the Museum of Native American History)

Roundtable: “(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), August 2021.

“Evolving Views on Race, Lineage, and the Status of Black People within the LDS Church” (comment), and “New Directions and Questions for American Indian and Mormon Histories” (roundtable), Mormon History Association Annual Conference, Park City, Utah, June 2021.

“Loyal Countrywomen: Insights from Two Cherokee National Female Seminary Alumnae Doctors” (keynote invited speaker), 170th Meeting of the Descendants of the Cherokee Seminarians, Northeastern State University, May 7, 2021.

“Boarding School Histories and Tuition Waiver,” Day of Dialogue, Fort Lewis College virtual symposium, April 2021.

“Service-Learning and Practicing Oral History with Diné and Cherokee Communities” (organizer), American Indian Symposium (virtual), Northeastern State University, April 2021.

Loyal Countrywoman Too: Dr. Isabel Cobb and Serving Cherokee Health at the Turn of the 20th Century,” Native American Women Trailblazers Series, Museum of Native American History, March 2021.

“Diné Stories of Disease and Healing Through Generations to the COVID-19 Pandemic” (invited panelist), “Identities, Rights, Histories: An Indigenous Studies Seminar,” The John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku, March 29, 2021.

“Unerasing Memory: Collaborative Research, Activism, Teaching, and Storytelling as Pathways for Indigenous Equity and Empowerment,” 2021 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting (Virtual), March 27, 2021. For a limited time, watch recordings of NCPH 2021 sessions for Native American Heritage Month and Indigenous People’s Day.

“Dr. Isabel Cobb Serving Cherokee Health,” Southern Illinois University, March 24, 2021.

Lamanite as a Religious Signifier and Settler-Colonial Encounter,” Mormon Studies at the University of Virginia, March 11, 2021.

Reflections on Statehood,” Thrive125 Series, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts and Utah State History, March 3, 2021.

Patriarchal Colonialism and its Impact on Matrilineal and Patrilineal Indigenous Social Systems,” with Jasha Lyons Echo-Hawk, Dr. Farina King, and Matti Martin, Indigenous Leadership Summit, Center for Tribal Studies, Northeastern State University, February 26, 2021.

“Refocusing on Indigenous History in Schools,” NSU HawkTalks, January 2021.

Settler Colonialism and American Religion” (panel chair and commentator), American Historical Association virtual conference series, January 2021.

A Diné Family’s Intergenerational Histories of Disease and Healing From the Long Walk to COVID-19, guest virtual lecture for Meiji Gakuin University, Japan, December 14, 2020.

Native American Women Trailblazers: Rachel Caroline Eaton,” Virtual Series with Dr. Farina King, Museum of Native American History, Bentonville, Arkansas, November 28, 2020. The video recording is available on the MONAH Facebook.

“Reshaping Educational Landscapes: Everyday Native Women Influencing Schools and Society,” History of Education Society Virtual Conference, November 6, 2020.

“COVID-19 Collections,” Oral History Happy Hour (virtual), South Phoenix Oral History Project and Southwest Oral History Association, November 5, 2020.

Mapping Tahlequah History Workshop (virtual), Northeastern State University, October 28, 2020.

“Diné Doctor History: Facing Monsters of Colonialism through Generations” (keynote talk), Virtual Little Berks Conference, October 2020.

“Individual Lives and National Movements: A Roundtable on Women’s Activism in the American West,” October 14, 2020; and “Central to the Periphery: Historical Experiences of Mormon Women of Color,” October 16, 2020, Western History Association 2020 Virtual Conference.

“Mary Golda Ross: A Historic Trailblazer,” in the “Four Directions. One Earth. Mission United” Virtual Event, The Museum of Native American History, Bentonville, Arkansas, October 1 -3, 2020.

“Cherokee Women Trailblazers in the Early Twentieth Century” (invited speaker), Global Women’s Studies Virtual Colloquium, Brigham Young University, September 2020.

“Service Learning and Practicing Oral History with Diné and Cherokee Communities” (organizer), Southwest Oral History Association 2020 Virtual Conference, September 2020. See the SOHA (Fall 2020) Newsletter for more information about SOHA and the virtual conference.

Farina King at SOHA 2020 Virtual Conference (September 2020)

“The Fluidity of Power,” This Land is Herland, The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, August 13, 2020. “A ‘Loyal Countrywoman’: Rachel Caroline Eaton, Alumna of the Cherokee National Female Seminary,” by Dr. Farina King, Northeastern State University.

“Global Event: Native American Women Historical Trailblazers,” Girl Scouts, Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, August 9, 2020.

State of the Field Discussion: “Race in Mormon History,” Mormon History Association 2020 Digital Conference, June 2020.

48th Annual Symposium on the American Indian (presenter and organizer), “Visionaries of Indian Country,” Center for Tribal Studies, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, April 2020 [postponed due to COVID-19].

“Native American Histories and Public Memory” (roundtable presenter and organizer), Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2020 [canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic].

“Service-Learning and Practicing Oral History with Diné and Cherokee Communities” (roundtable presenter and organizer), Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2020 [postponed due to COVID-19].

Book Talk of The Earth Memory Compass, Diné College, Tsaile, Navajo Nation, March 18, 2020 [canceled and to be rescheduled due to COVID-19].

“Native American Women Historical Trailblazers” (invited presenter), Museum of Native American History, Bentonville, Arkansas, March 14, 2020 [including story time at the museum; the talk was canceled but story time occurred].

Book Talk with Author of “The Earth Memory Compass,” January 18, 2020, Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, New Mexico.

“A ‘Loyal Countrywoman’: Rachel Caroline Eaton, Alumna of the Cherokee National Female Seminary,” Works-In-Progress Seminar (invited presenter), December 6, 2019, Helmerich Center for American Research and Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Including Indigenous Voices in the Classroom with Primary Sources,” November 23, 2019, 2019 National Council for the Social Studies, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas.

Oral History Association Annual Conference with the Southwest Oral History Association, “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History,” October 16-19, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“LDS Native American Perspectives on Columbus,” October 16, 2019, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

“Service Learning: Benefiting Students and Native Nations,” Wednesday, October 9, 2019, International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Pechanga Casino & Resort, Temecula, California.

“Mormonism and Empire: Latter-day Saint Religion and Culture in a Global Context” (invited panelist), October 3, 2019, Claremont Graduate University.

“Paving the Way: Green Country’s Cultural & Historical Preservation Initiative 2019,” September 28, 2019, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

“Assimilationist Education, Race, and American Indian Family in the Twentieth-Century United States” (panel), 2019 Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, September 26, 2019, State College, Pennsylvania.

“The Southwest in Motion: Navajo, Pueblo, and Hopi Paintings from the Charles Little Collection” (invited panelist), September 5, 2019, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater.

“Roundtable: Indigenous and ‘Lamanite’ Identities in the Twentieth Century,” June 7, 2019, Mormon History Association, Salt Lake City.

“Returning Home: The Art and Poetry of Intermountain Indian School, 1951-1984” public presentation with Farina King and Michael Taylor, Tse’bii’nidzisgai Elementary School, May 17, 2019, Monument Valley, Utah.

“Learning My Heritage Language as a Scholar: Connecting with Community through Diné Bizaad” (invited keynote talk), April 13, 2019, Visions Conference, Northeastern State University.

47th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, “Celebrating Indigenous Women,” April 8-13, 2019, Center for Tribal Studies, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma:

“Working with the ‘Missing Pieces’ John Hair Cultural Center and Museum Exhibit Design,” April 10, 2019 with Farina King, Ernestine Berry, and NSU Student Presenters Midge Dellinger, Lindsey Chapman, Dillon Morris, and Larry Carney.

“Generations of Women Healers: Reflections from a Life Career in American Indian Health,” April 12, 2019 with Phillip L. Smith.

“Indigenous Women at Texas Christian University: Presence, Absence, and Portrayal,” April 12, 2019 with Scott Langston, Shara Kanerahtiiostha Francis-Herne, Farina King, Theresa Gaul, and Jessica Martinez.

Region 6 Oklahoma National History Day Competition, April 2, 2019, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

“Finding Yourself in Academia: A Diné Historian’s Experience,” Distinguished Guest Speaker Invitation, University of Iowa Graduate History Society, March 29, 2019, Iowa City.

“Exploring Silences of Family History: My Diné and New Mexican Ancestors,” invited talk for the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society, 7 pm, March 25, 2019, John Vaughan Library, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The Earth Memory Compass Book Talk, March 7, 2019, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.

Oklahoma Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta and Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, March 8-9, 2019, Cameron University, Lawton.

“Doctrine of Discovery Repudiated- Now What?” Winter Talk 2019 conference sponsored by Yakama Christian Mission, February 25-27, 2019, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa.

February 8, 2019, Roundtable on “Learning Indigenous Sovereignty Through Lands and Waters,” 20th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference, “The Knowledge of Our Ancestors, the Strength of Our Communities,” University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

February 6, 2019, “Crownpoint Boarding School Through Diné Generations,” People & Places Monthly Lectures, Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

January 6, 2019, Roundtable on “Everything You Wanted to Know about Community Engagement (But Were Afraid to Ask),” American Historical Association annual meeting, Chicago.

January 3, 2019, “Diné dóó Gáamalii (Navajo and Mormon): Exploring Autoethnography,” American Society of Church History, Chicago.

November 10, 2018, Session on “Institutionalizing Emergency: Boarding Schools and the Crises of Colonialism,” conference theme “States of Emergence,” American Studies Association annual meeting, Atlanta.

November 2, 2018, Session on “Remembering and Memorializing American Indian Education,” The History of Education Society annual meeting, Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

October 27, 2018, Session on “Understanding Intergenerational Trauma for Indigenous Communities,” 21st Diné Studies Conference theme of “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.

Click on this link to the Diné Studies Conference Video Library of Session Thirteen: “Ripple Effects: Intergenerational Ties of Diné Boarding School Experiences, Stories, and Memories” with panelists Tiffany Lee, Natahnee Winder, Farina King, Sandra Yellowhorse, and Miranda Haskie

October 19, 2018, Session on “Indigenizing Cityscapes since the Twentieth Century,” Conference theme of “Re-imagining Race and Ethnicity in the West,” Western History Association annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

October 2, 2018, Session on “Contemporary Topics and Methods of American Indian Boarding School Studies,” The Spirit Survives: A National Movement toward Healing, NABS National Conference, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

September 28, 2018, Intertribal Discussion about Belonging and Identity, University of Texas, Arlington with Native American Student Association.

June 14, 2018, “Returning Home: Intermountain Indian School Stories,” Inaugural BYU Indigenous Studies Learning Group public talk, Provo, Utah. Watch the video recording of the talk on the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies facebook page (click on link).

June 7-10, 2018, “Homelands and Bordered Lands,” Mormon History Association annual meeting, Boise, Idaho.

MHA 2018 with King, Kaleb Miner, Lisa Barnett, Charlotte Terry, and Dwain Coleman

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”
  • “Entangled Histories of Mormons and Native Americans from the Nineteenth Century to Early Twentieth Century”
Boarding School Generations Flyer

June 6, 2018, “Let’s Talk Research: Boarding School Generations,” Department of Diné Education, Window Rock, Arizona.

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

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

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 participated in the following sessions that she organized for the symposium:

  • “Horse and Buffalo People in Native America”
  • “Mapping Histories of Indian Education”
More Than A Word Showing and Forum
HawkTalks - Farina

View the recording of this HawkTalk (April 2018) by clicking this link: Student Stories of Intermountain Indian School.

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

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

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

King helped to organize a panel, “Navajo Voices on Bears Ears,” at the University of Utah on October 11, 2017, which the American West Center, Stegner Center, Marriott Library, and College of Humanities and the Utah State Historical Society co-sponsored. 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).

“Being Native in the 1960s and 1970s: Oral Histories of Native American Lived Experiences and Activism” (panel co-organizer), October 6, 2017, Oral History Association, Minneapolis.

“Intersectionality in Miss Indian Pageants” (invited speaker), October 2, 2017, Women and Gender Studies, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.

“Why the Indian Mascot Issue Matters” (panel organizer), September 26, 2017, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Read about the panel by clicking on this link to the Mvskoke Media article: “Forum held on controversial subject.”

View the video recording of the panel from September 26, 2017:

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

Roundtable (invited panelist), “Water is Life,” September 1, 2017, Tribal Film Festival, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

View a clip of King speaking on the panel of September 1, 2017 through the Tribal Film Festival Facebook Page.

King was a part of the program committee for the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association 2017 Conference in Northridge, California. She organized and facilitated several sessions such as the following panel:

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

King served on the program committee for the Mormon History Association Conference, “Crossing and Dwelling in Mormon History,” June 1-4, 2017, St. Charles, Missouri.

She organized and participated in the following panels of MHA 2017:

  • “The Memorialization of the Circleville Massacre”
  • “Indian Student Placement Program Experiences”

King served on the program committee for the Southwest Oral History Association Conference (SOHA), “Looking Forward: Bridging Past, Present, and Future through Oral History,” April 27-29, 2017, Tempe, Arizona.

She organized and participated in the following panels of SOHA 2017:

  • “Teaching and Service-Learning with Native American Boarding School Oral Histories”
  • “Intergenerational Oral Histories of Intermountain Boarding School” (Roundtable)
  • King also helped to organize the following Navajo film showing at the Labriola Center (and the plenary session with filmmakers Angelo Baca and Teresa Montoya at the Southwest Oral History Association 2017 conference):
Dine Film Showing Rev.

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,” Clements Center Monthly Talks, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, March 2017.

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

Forum: “Indigenous Knowledge Matters.” Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, November 2016 (invited panelist).

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

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

Lightning Round: “Histories of Indigenous Education.” Western History Association Annual Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 2016 (panel organizer).

Roundtable: “Decolonization, Research, & Community,” in the “Native American and Indigenous Studies, Colonialism, and the University” Fall Workshop, Consortium for Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Tufts University, October 2016 (invited speaker).

Roundtable: “Native American Oral History Close to Home.” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, October 2016 (chair and roundtable organizer).

“Intergenerational Ties,” in “Curiosities of New Mexico at Bachechi Open Space.” New Mexico State Archives, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 2016 (invited speaker).

“Gender Roles in History,” in  The Inaugural Gender and Sexuality Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, September 2016 (session chair and presenter).

“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).” Mormon History Association, Snowbird, Utah. June 2016.

Roundtable: “Indigenous Survival in Education.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawai’i. May 2016 (roundtable organizer).

Farina King organized a symposium at Dartmouth College on April 29, 2016 titled, “Water River Life Giver,” featuring Navajo perspectives of the Gold King Mine Waste Water Spill and clean water issues. Visit the Water River Life Giver website to learn more about that event, and see how the conversations and efforts continue to bring awareness of Indigenous water issues by exploring the website blog. Some of Dr. King’s students at Northeastern State University wrote short pieces for the blog about different histories of Indigenous water issues.


“Náhookǫs (North): Monument Valley Diné Student and Community Struggles with Busing and Distant Education in the Self-Determination Era.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island. April 2016.

“A Code Talker’s Wife.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. January 2016 (panel organizer).

Zonnie Gorman, Farina King, and Steve Huffman at AHA 2016

“The Trauma and Mixed Emotions in the Telling: Diné Boarding School Oral Histories.” American Society for Ethnohistory Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. November 2015.

Roundtable: “Teaching and Connecting through Native American Oral History.” Oral History Association Conference, Tampa, Florida. October 2015 (roundtable organizer).

“Oral History and Understanding Native American Experiences” in “Paths to Understanding the Native American Experience in the West.” Summer Regional Workshop, Organization of American Historians, Glendale, California. July 2015.

“Náhookǫs (North): Tribal Sovereignty and Self-determination for Diné Students.” Navajo Studies Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona. May 2015.

“Miss Indian BYU and Mormon Native American Youth during the Civil Rights Era.” Western Association of Women Historians, Sacramento, California. May 2015 (panel organizer).

Roundtable: “American Indian Community Oral History Projects.” Southwest Oral History Association, Del Mar, California. March 2015 (roundtable organizer).

E’e’aah (West): Intensification of Navajo Schooling Experiences and Distant Education after World War II.” American Indian Studies Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 2015.

Ha’a’aah (The East): The Beginnings of Diné Learning and Knowledge.” Southwest Oral History Association Conference, Tempe, Arizona. April 2014 (panel organizer).

“Contestations over the Crown: Miss Indian BYU and Indian Identity.” Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Saskatoon, Canada. June 2013 (panel organizer).

Aloha in Dinétah: Hawaiian Missionaries among the Navajo in the Twentieth Century.” Mormon History Association Conference, Layton, Utah. June 2013.

Tsodizin dóó sin dóó Gáamalii: Navajo Spirituality and the LDS Experience on the Navajo Reservation, 1960-1985.” Western History Association Conference, Denver, Colorado. October 2012 (panel organizer).

“Mormon Navajos at the Intermountain Indian Boarding School, 1949-1984.” Mormon History Association Conference, Calgary, Canada. June 2012.

Gáamalii dóó Tségháhoodzání: LDS Experience in the Heart of the Navajo Reservation.” Arizona Centennial Conference, Phoenix, Arizona. April 2012.

“Miss Indian BYU: American Indian Experiences at Brigham Young University.” Mormon History Association Conference, St. George, Utah. May 2011.

“Lessons about Home: Boarding School Days on the Navajo Reservation, 1938-1939.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference. Sacramento, California, May 2011.

“Ties to Home? Distant Education among Dahomeyans.” Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan. November 2009.

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