Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Research Group

Launched in 2009, the Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Research Group (H-NA) is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allied faculty and graduate student scholars from across disciplines at UB and provides a forum for discussion of recent academic work in the ever-emerging interdisciplinary field of Indigenous studies. This research group’s Haudenosaunee-specific focus is an assertion of our acknowledgement of the University at Buffalo’s location within the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee people.

UB Haudenosaunee Research Symposium

The seventh annual UB Haudenosaunee Research Symposium was held on November 3, 2018. The symposium foregrounded the important work that faculty and students are doing at UB in Haudenosaunee/Indigenous studies and drew over 50 attendees and participants from UB and the local Native community. Students from several undergraduate classes and graduate seminars also attended the symposium throughout the day. Presentations were also conducted by students of Deadiwenohsnye’s Gejohgwa Onondowa’ga:’ Immersion Program (Seneca Language Immersion).

An additional Indigenous Inclusion Retreat was held on February 22, 2019. It featured a public presentation titled, Beyond Access: Indigenizing Pathways for Native Student Success by Dr. Shelly Lowe (Diné/Harvard University) and Dr. Stephanie Waterman (Onondaga/OISE/UofT). Drs Lowe and Waterman are co-editors of the award-winning book, Beyond the Asterisks: Native American Students in Higher Education.

The eighth annual UB Haudenosaunee research symposium will take place in November 2019. Since the United Nations has designated 2019 as the year of Indigenous Languages, Haudenosaunee languages will be the theme and the event will be co-sponsored with the Department of Linguistics. The symposium will feature a plenary session with invited Haudenosaunee language speakers, teachers, and linguists. Additional panels will consist of UB faculty, students, and local community members committed to Haudenosaunee language continuity.

Other Initiatives

Civil Rights

In conjunction with the exhibit “Revolution: Civil Rights at UB, 1960-1975” and associated programming sponsored by the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence, the H-NA cosponsored a public lecture on March 25, 2019 by Cherokee/Choctaw/Creek historian Kent Blansett. Blansett’s new book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement (Yale Press, 2018), is the first book-length biography of Mohawk Red Power activist, Richard Oakes, who was a leader in the Alcatraz takeover and the Red Power Indigenous rights movement in the 1960s.


In partnerships with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the HI Performance Research Workshop and the Department of Theatre and Dance, the H-NA is excited to be bringing internationally renowned dance artist Santee Smith (Six Nations, Mohawk) and her performance “The Mush Hole Project” in the Spring 2020 semester. This major theatre production is to be staged in the Center for the Arts. The Mush Hole Project reflects on the Indigenous experience of Indian Boarding Schools, shedding light on this history and its ongoing consequences for North American Indigenous people today.

Reading Sessions

Proposed Indigenous studies scholarship reading sessions for 2019-2021 include: Nick Estes’s Our History is Our Future: Standing Rock Versus The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019), Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck et al, Indigenizing and Decolonizing Studies in Indigenous Education: The Long View (Routledge, 2019), Daniel Heath Justice’s Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (Wilfred Laurier Press, 2018), and Kimberly Tallbear’s Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Our membership has identified Nick Estes, Assistant Professor, American Studies, University of New Mexico, David A. Chang, Professor, History, University of Minnesota, and Daniel Heath Justice, Professor, English, University of British as potential guest speakers.



  • Theresa McCarthy, Transnational Studies (Principle Coordinator)
  • Stephen Demchak, Transnational Studies
  • Carole Emberton, History
  • Joseph Gardella Jr., Chemistry
  • Donald Grinde, Transnational Studies
  • Jeff Good, Linguistics
  • Adrian Juarez, Nursing
  • Jean-Pierre Koenig, Linguistics
  • Errol Meidinger, School of Law
  • Karin Michelson, Linguistics
  • Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Transnational Studies
  • Michael F. Noe, School of Medicine
  • Erik Seeman, History
  • Jacky Snyder, Transnational Studies
  • Hilary Weaver, Social Work
  • Wolf Wolck, Linguistics

Graduate Students

  • Corinne Abrams, Public Health
  • Josh Dawson, Comparative Literature
  • Joe Baiz-Elm, Linguistics,
  • Natalie Fleming, American Studies
  • Grayson Hamil, Linguistics
  • Richard Hatcher Jr, Linguistics
  • Montgomery Hill, Linguistics
  • Stephine Hunt, American Studies
  • Jodi Lynn Maracle, American Studies
  • Laticia McNaughton, American Studies
  • Morgan P. Morningstar, American Studies
  • Julie O’Connor-Colvin, American Studies
  • Carolyn O'Meara, Linguistics
  • Lynette Printup, Linguistics
  • Carise Raney, Linguistics
  • Beynan Ransom, CSEE
  • Thomas Rowley, Romance Languages
  • Marilyn Schindler, American Studies
  • Jay Stallings, Linguistics
  • Warren Skye Jr, Social Work
  • Hiroto Uchihara, Linguistics
  • Aaron VanEvery, American Studies


  • Amber Adams, American Studies
  • Rodney Haring, Social Work
  • Jennifer Loft, Global Gender Studies
  • Brandon J. Martin, American Studies
  • Nancy Napierala, American Studies
  • Shannon SenecaEnvironmental Engineering
  • Carolyn Stirling, Education Policy and Leadership
  • Agnes Williams, American Studies

Community Outreach

Tonawanda Seneca Nation

Seneca Nation of Indians (Cattaraugus, Allegheny)

Tuscarora Nation

Deadiwënöhsnye’s Gëjóhgwa’ Seneca Language Immersion Program

Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa Mohawk Language Immersion Program

NACS (Native American Community Services, Buffalo)

Native American SUNY: Western Consortium

Buffalo Native Resource Center

IWI (Indigenous Women’s Initiative, Buffalo)

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