Brenda J Child

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Affiliations

Brenda J. Child is Northrop Professor of American Studies and former chair of the Departments of American Studies (2016-19) and the Department of American Indian Studies (2009-12). She is the author of award-winning books of American Indian history, including Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, (1998), which won the North American Indian Prose Award; Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, (2012); Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education (with Brian Klopotek, 2014). Her 2014 book My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation won the American Indian Book Award and the Best Book in Midwestern History. Child's book for children, Bowwow Powwow (2018), won the the American Indian Youth Literature Award for best picture book. She served as a member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian and was President (2017-2018) of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where served as a member of a committee writing a new constitution for the 12,000-member nation.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1993.
  • M.A.: History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1983.
  • B.S. Ed.: History & Social Studies, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, 1981.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • American Indian history
  • Public History and Museums
  • Ojibwe People of the Great Lakes
  • American Indian Women and Labor
  • The History of American Indian Education
Courses Taught
  • AmSt 1907W - Freshman Seminar - After Wounded Knee: American Indians
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • President, The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association: 2017 - 2018
  • Board of Trustees: The National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian , 2013-2019

Research

  • The Marriage Blanket: The Kadrie Case, Disenrollment and the history of American Indian family life

Outreach

  • Member, Native American Council, The Eiteljorg Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana:
  • Executive Council, The Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN: 1998
  • Board of Directors, The Division of Indian Works, Minneapolis, MN: 1999
  • Board of Directors, The Circle, the newspaper of the American Indian community of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN: 1998
  • Curator: Ziibaaska'iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100, 2019 - 2020
Publications
  • Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000. Child, Brenda, K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Margaret Archuleta, The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Co-Author, 2000.
  • Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940.. Child, Brenda, University of Nebraska Press, Author, 1998. Image
  • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl: Child, Brenda, Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, Avid Reader Press, Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases, 2020.
  • Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community. Child, Brenda, Penguin, Author, 2012.
  • My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation. Child, Brenda, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Author, 2014. Image
  • Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education. Child, Brenda, Brian Klopotek, School of Advanced Research, Co-Author, 2014.
Awards
  • The North American Indian Prose Award for Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, 1998
  • Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, 2000 - 2001
  • The President's Muticultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2002