John D Nichols

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: History, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, none.
  • Ph.D.: Linguistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, none.
  • M.A.: Linguistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, none.


  • Algonquian languages and literatures, especially Ojibwe and Cree
  • North American indigenous languages and literatures
Courses Taught
  • AmIn 3143 - Language in American Indian Culture and Society
  • AmIn 3109/5109 - Anishinaabe Literature
  • AmIn 3107/5107 - Structure of Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe Language
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor: Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics (newsletter)
  • The Translation of Key Phrases in the Treaties of 1837 and 1855: Nichols, John, Michigan State University Press, Fish in the Lakes, Wild Rice, and Game in Abundance: Testimony on Behalf of Mille Lacs Ojibwe Hunting and Fishing Rights, 2000.
  • Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe. Nichols, John, Earl Nyholm, University of Minnesota Press, 1995.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada