Brenda J Child

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Affiliations

Brenda J. Child is Northrop Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and former chair of the Department of American Indian Studies. She is the author of several books on 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 Award. She is a member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian and past president of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is 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, none.
  • M.A.: History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, none.
  • B.S. Ed.: History & Social Studies, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, none.

Specialties

  • American Indian history
  • multiculturalism
  • native culture
Courses Taught
  • AmSt 1907W - Freshman Seminar - After Wounded Knee: American Indians
  • AmSt 3113W - America's Diverse Cultures
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Ethnohistory: 2001
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, Program in American Studies, University of Minnesota: 1997 - 1999
  • Indigenous Language Initiative Program, Department of American Indian Studies and the Department of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand: 2003
  • Prize Committee, American Society for Ethnohistory: 2002
  • Prize Committee, American Society for Ethnohistory: 2000
  • Editorial Board, American Indian Education Series, University of Nebraska Press: 2000
  • Local Planning Committee Member, Keeping Our Faculties: Addressing the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color, a conference at the University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Admissions and Awards Committee, Department of American Studies, Univeristy of Minnesota: 2001 - 2002
  • Editorial Board, Native American Studies Series, Michigan State Univeristy Press: 1996
  • Editorial Board, American Indian Lives Series, The University of Nebraska Press: 1998
  • Member, American Studies Executive Committee, University of Minnesota: 1997 - 1998

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
Publications
  • Train Time, an excerpt from Boarding School Seasons. Child, Brenda, 2001.
  • Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000. Child, Brenda, The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 2000.
  • Ojibwe Children and Boarding Schools, an excerpt from Boarding School Seasons. Child, Brenda, 2001.
  • Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940.. Child, Brenda, University of Nebraska Press, 1998.
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
  • Minnesota Book Award Nominee for History for Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, 1999
  • The President's Muticultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2002
  • University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research, 1999 - 2000