Congratulations to ISP Graduate Student Natasha Myhal!

Natasha Myhal presenting her thesis research at Native American Literature Symposium in March 2017.

Natasha Myhal, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a second-year master’s student in Indigenous Studies, has been accepted into the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Comparative Ethnic Studies Ph.D. program. She will begin her studies in Fall 2017 and will work with Prof. Clint Carroll, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an assistant professor in Ethnic Studies. Natasha will work with Prof. Carroll on a National Science Foundation-funded project that seeks to understand issues of resource access among rural Cherokee communities in Oklahoma, and implement a tribal environmental education project with local Cherokee elders and youth.

Natasha recently presented a paper called “Tribal-Forest Service Collaborative Practice for the Sustainability of Bear Root” at the Native American Literature Symposium (NALS)
at Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The paper is part of her thesis research on the medicinal plant bear root (oshá) ethnobotany and the policy of harvesting medicinal plants on federal lands. She currently works with ISP affiliate faculty member, Prof. Kelly Kindscher at the University of Kansas.


About Indigenous Studies at KU

Welcome to the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Kansas. We accept applications to the M.A. program and graduate certificate on a rolling basis. Visit the Admission page for more information. We also offer an undergraduate minor in Indigenous Studies.

The Indigenous Studies master’s degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ complex and diverse cultures and histories, as well as their impacts on the global society. Our multidisciplinary program offers students the advantage of studying relevant issues from a wide range of academic perspectives. The expertise of our affiliate faculty members includes Native American history, including medical and legal aspects; Indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; Indigenous geographies and cartographic history; Native American religions; and much more.

Our master’s program allows students to develop an area of specialization in which to build their expertise. Students can choose either a thesis or portfolio option to complete their degrees. We also offer a joint degree with the Law School.  Students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law.  With rolling admissions, our program offers the flexibility to apply at your convenience and to begin your studies either in the fall or the spring semester.

Empowered by the resources on campus and in our community, we strive to provide unique learning opportunities for our students that go beyond the classroom. Please explore our website to learn more about what we have to offer, and feel free to contact us with questions.


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Thursday, April 27 | 2:30 p.m.
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