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What I Do

I'm a researcher with the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

I study digital technologies as forms of social resistance and endurance. My current research is on the social and political impacts of information and communication technologies in Indigenous communities.

I also advocate for intellectual freedom and social justice in libraries, especially in Native American and borderland communities.

Projects

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow: Seamless Technologies: Weaving Information Systems into Indian Country. American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. September 2013-August 2015.

Researcher: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. What Catalogers Need to Know About Colonialism. Co-Investigator: Miranda Belarde-Lewis. March 2014-September 2014.

Primary Researcher: Knowledge, Technology, and the Pragmatic Dimensions of Self-Determination. November 2013-March 2014.

Co-Chair: Tribal Telecom. Co-chairs: Randy Evans, Brian Tagaban. May 2013-May 2015.

Pre-doctoral Fellow: Mellon Sawyer Borderlands Seminar. B/ordering Violence: Boundaries, Gender, and Indigeneity in the Americas. The Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. Co-Investigators: Jose Antonio Lucero, Juan Guerra. September 2012-June 2013.

Primary Researcher: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. Network Sovereignty: Investigating the Implications of Tribal Broadband Infrastructures (Dissertation). Co-Investigators: Marisa E. Duarte, Cheryl A. Metoyer. September 2011-June 2013.

Research Assistant: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. Bringing Our Children Home: Co-creating a Knowledge Management System for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) In collaboration with NICWA June 2012-present

Fellow: Washington Doctoral Initiative. Building a Mentorship Model for Doctoral Students of Color in Library and Information Science. Co-Investigators: Allyson Carlyle, Cheryl A. Metoyer. January 2012-present.

Fellow: Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. Investigating Sovereignty and Technology in Native America. Field Directors: Jose Antonio Lucero, Bret Gustafson. June 2011- October 2011.

Primary Researcher: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. Cuernos de Chivo and Wackenhut Buses: How border technologies exert power over undocumented border crossers. March 2011-May 2012.

Research Assistant: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. Building Capacity Through Information Policy: The Law Library of Congress Sovereigns Within a Sovereign Project. In collaboration with the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, The Law Library of Congress. June 2010-June 2012.

Research Assistant: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. Preliminary Assessment: National Congress of the American Indian Policy Research Center Information Clearinghouse. January-April 2010.

Primary Researcher: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. Stigmatization, Militarization, Land Reform: Tracing the Massacre of Mazacoba. January-April 2010.

Research Assistant: CHiLL Lab at the University of Washington. Connecting with People Beyond Information: Studying Empathy in the Design of Health Technologies. Co-Investigators: Eun Kyoung Choe, Marisa E. Duarte, Julie KientzJanuary-September 2009.

Primary Researcher: Indigenous Information Research Group at the University of Washington. The Significance of Information from a Critical Indigenous Consciousness: Colonizing and Decolonizing Technologies. March 2008-May 2010.

Courses

Instructor: LIS 583: Cross-Cultural Leadership. The Information School at the University of Washington. January-March 2013.

Co-Organizer: Indigenous Encounters Symposium. The Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. June 2011-June 2012.

Instructor: LIS 551: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries. The Information School at the University of Washington. April-June 2012.

Teaching Assistant: LIS 520: Information Sources and Services. The Information School at the University of Washington. September 2011-March 2012

Instructor: LIS 570: Research Methods. The Information School at the University of Washington. April-August 2010.

Teaching Assistant: LIS 580: Management of Information Organizations. The Information School at the University of Washington. April-June 2010.

Affiliations

American Indian Library Association

Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Social Science Research Council Global Indigenous Politics Group

Tribal Telecom and Technology Summit Advisory Council

Washington Doctoral Initiative at the University of Washington

Good Point

Martial arts are a great way to develop mental, physical and spiritual discipline. Seven Star Women's Kung Fu is one of my favorites.

Following news in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands is tough. The Narcosphere is a great site for independent borderland journalism.

Poetry opens up new ways to think and be. See AS US: A Journal for Women of the World to open the mind.