This blog is co-hosted by Stacy Leeds and Julie Reed with guest contributions by Cherokee scholars and educators. All hosts and contributors are citizens or members of the Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

The Co-Hosts

  • Stacy Leeds. Stacy is Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is a former Justice, Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. She can be found in the epicenter of downtown Fayetteville or in the woods near the Illinois River in Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation. She is a Cherokee Nation citizen from the Leeds, Yates, Smith, Bean, Timberlake family of Ft. Gibson/Muskogee/Tahlequah.

  • Julie L. Reed. Julie is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and a member of the Smith and Quinton families of Vian. Julie was born at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. During her childhood she lived in Washington, Germany, and Florida, spent summers in Oklahoma and braved winters in up-state New York. Julie earned her BA from the University of South Florida, a M.T.S. from SMU Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, and her MA and PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina. She is currently an Associate Professor of History at Penn State.

The Contributors

  • Jeff Corntassel. Jeff is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada). He lives in Wsanec Nation territory with his family.

  • Tom Holm. Tom is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a Creek descendant. He is from Chelsea, Oklahoma but has lived in Tucson, Arizona for over thirty years. Tom is a former Marine who served in Vietnam 1967-68. He is a Professor Emeritus of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona and has published five books and numerous articles. Tom also served on the Great State of Sequoyah Commission from 2004 to 2010. He and his wife, Ina, live close to their sons, daughters in law and grandchildren.

  • Roy Boney, Jr. ᎧᏂᎦ ᎪᎳᎭ. Roy is a full blood Cherokee from Locust Grove, OK. He is an award winning artist, filmmaker, writer and language technologist. He has exhibited across the United States as well as internationally. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University and Master of Art in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. He currently works as a Cherokee Language Technology Specialist for Cherokee Nation Education Services Group in Tahlequah, OK where he collaborates with companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to ensure their products support the Cherokee language.

  • Patti Jo King ᏇᏗ. Patti Jo is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and a member of the Springston and Ross families of Locust Grove and Spavinaw. Born in Los Angeles, she has lived, worked, and taught all over Indian Country, including Auburn, CA; Pine Ridge, SD, Oneida, WI, Parker, AZ, Grand Forks, ND; and Tahlequah, OK. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in American Indian History from University of Oklahoma, she worked as a journalist, editor, and publisher for over 40 years. She is currently the Interim Chair of American Indian Studies and the Director of the Center for American Indians at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK.

  • Melissa E. Lewis. Melissa is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and currently lives in Tahlequah, OK. Her relatives are from Chewey, Gore, and Muskogee. Melissa is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth where she engages in research regarding Indigenous health and well being. She earned her MS from Arizona State University and her PhD from East Carolina University in Medical Family Therapy.