Devon A. Mihesuah

Articles and Book Chapters

“Something Else,” Yellow Medicine Review, Spring 2021 (forthcoming).

 “Becoming Insane: The Death of Arch Wolfe at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians,” for special issue on Canton Asylum in Disability Studies Quarterly (forthcoming).

“Ned Christie,” Zocalo Public Square, January 13, 2020:

Book chapter: “Sustenance as Culture and Tradition: Teaching About Indigenous Foodways,” in Kristopher Ray and Brady DeSanti, Understanding and Teaching Native American History University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming.

“Searching for Haknip Achukma (Good Health): Challenges to Food Sovereignty Initiatives in Oklahoma,” for American Indian Culture and Research Journal’s Special Issue on Food Sovereignty. 41 #3 (2017): 9-30. 

“Comanche Traditional Foodways and the Decline of Health,” in Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019, 223-252.

“Nephi Craig: Life in Second Sight,” in Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health. University of Oklahoma Press, 2019, 300-319.

“Historical Research and Diabetes in Indian Territory: Revisiting Kelly M. West’s Theory of 1940,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 40 #4 (2016), 1-21.

“Indigenous Health Initiatives, Frybread, and the Marketing of Non-Traditional “Traditional” American Indian Foods.” Native American and Indigenous Studies 3/2 (Fall 2016): 45-69.

“Nede Wade “Ned” Christie and the Outlaw Mystique,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 93#3 (Fall 2015): 260-289.

“Sustenance and Health among the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, Post-Removal to Statehood,” Ethnohistory 62:2 (April 2015): 263-284. 

“The Garden Meal,” in Linda Murray Berzok, ed., Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell Us About Who We Are and Where We’ve Been (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2010), 57-60.

“Research Guidelines for Institutions with Scholars who Study American Indians,” Selected to appear in Special Issue: “The best articles published in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal during the past 40 years,” forthcoming. Originally in v 17 (Fall 1993):131-139.

“Unfinished Choctaw Justice: The Murder of Charles Wilson and the Execution of Jackson Crow,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 86 (Fall 2008): 290-315.

“Overcoming Hegemony in Native Studies Programs,” published in Unlearning the Language of Conquest Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America (University of Texas Press, 2006), 190-218. 

 “Should ‘American Indian History’ Remain a Field of Study?” and “Academic Gatekeeping” in Mihesuah and Wilson, Indigenizing the Academy (Nebraska, 2004), pp. 31-47; 143-159.

 “Finding Empowerment Through Writing and Reading or, Why Am I doing This?: An Unpopular Writer’s Comments About the State of American Indian Literary Criticism,” for special issue on “Empowerment Through American Indian Literature,” ed. By Daniel Heath Justice, American Indian Quarterly 28: 2 (2004) 97-102. 

“Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash: An American Indian Activist,” in Theda Perdue, ed. Sifters: Native Women’s Lives. (Oxford University Press), pp. 204-222.

“American Indian Women at the Millennium,” SIGNS 25:4 (2000): 1247-1252.

“American Indian Identities: Comment on Issues of Individual Choices and Development,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 22: 2 (1998): 193-226. Reprinted in Johnson and Champagne, eds. Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues (Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 1999)

Fiction: “Medicine Woman,” Red Ink 6 (Spring, 1998): 40-49.

Fiction: “The Tamfuller Man,” Flagstaff Live! 3 (April 17-30, 1997): 25-26. Won the Flagstaff Live! Short story contest.

“Indians in Arizona,” in Politics and Public Policy in Arizona. Praeger Publishers, 1993, reprint 1997, pp. 91-102.

“‘Let us strive earnestly to value education aright’: Cherokee Female Seminarians as Leaders of a Changing Culture” in Nineteenth-Century Women Learn to Write: Past Cultures and Practices of Literacy. (University Press of Virginia, 1995), 103-119.

“Commonalty of Difference: American Indian Women in History,” American Indian Quarterly 20:1 (1996): 15-27.

“Voices, Interpretations, and the ‘New Indian History’: Comment on the American Indian Quarterly’s special issue on “Writing About American Indians,” American Indian Quarterly 20:1 (1996): 93-109.

“Introduction to the American Indian Quarterly’s special issue: The Repatriation of American Indian Skeletal Remains and Sacred Cultural Objects: An Interdisciplinary Anthology,” American Indian Quarterly 20:2 (1996): 153-164.

Editor, American Indian Quarterly’s special issue: “Writing About (Writing About) American Indians” American Indian Quarterly 20:1 (1996).

Editor, American Indian Quarterly’s special issue: “Repatriation of American Indian Skeletal Remains and Sacred Cultural Objects” American Indian Quarterly 20:2 (1996).

“American Indians, Anthropologists, Pot Hunters, and Repatriation: Ethical, Religious, and Philosophical Differences,” American Indian Quarterly 20: 2 (1996): 229-237. Reprinted in [unauthorized] revised form as “Studying Indian Remains Violates Native Americans’ Beliefs,” in Native American Rights: Current Controversies (San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998), 26-33.

“Historical Perspectives on Cultural Diversity: American Indians,” Arizona School Boards Association Journal 24 (Spring 1994): 18-22.

“The Creek Indians,” in The Encyclopedia of the U.S.-Past and Present, (Academic International Press, 1993).

“Eliza Missouri Bushyhead Alberty,” “Anna Mae Aquash,” “Isabelle Cobb,” “Rachel Caroline Eaton,” in Directory of Minority Women: Native American Women, (Garland Publishing, 1993).

“Research Guidelines for Institutions with Scholars who Study American Indians,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 17 (Fall 1993): 131-139.

“American Indian Women,” paper presented at the American Historical Assn. Annual Conference printed in Bulletin of the Conference Group on Women’s History 23 (May-June 1992): 18-21.

“The Cherokee Seminaries,” in Encyclopedia of the American West, (Macmillan Publishing Co).

“Out of the Graves of the Polluted Debauches: The Boys of the Cherokee Male Seminary,” American Indian Quarterly15 (Fall 1991): 503-521.

“Despoiling and Desecration of American Indian Property and Possessions,” National Forum (Spring 1991): 15-18. Reprinted in The Four Directions (Spring1992): 86-89.

“Too Dark to be Angels”: The Class System Among the Cherokees at the Female Seminary,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 15 (1991): 29-52.

“‘Gentleman’ Tom Abbott: Middleweight Champion of the Southwest,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 68 (Spring 1990): 426-437.

“Ann Florence Wilson: Matriarch of the Cherokee Female Seminary,” Chronicles of Oklahoma 67 (Winter 1989-90): 426-437.

“An American Success Story: The Cherokee Female Seminary,” True West 36 (June 1989): 42-47.

Identified and captioned 100 photographs, paintings, and blueprints for the Cherokee Nation’s April 12,1989 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of Seminary Hall, Tahlequah, OK. Now a permanent collection at Northeastern State University.

“Medicine for the Rosebuds: Health Care at the Cherokee Female Seminary, 1876-1909,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 12 (1988): 59-71.

“‘Commendable Progress: Acculturation at the Cherokee Female Seminary” American Indian Quarterly 11 (Summer 1987): 187-201. 

“American Indian Burial Gravesite Desecration in Texas,” Akwesasne Notes 18 (Spg, 1986): 11.

“Ancestry Sacrificed to Greed,” TCU Daily Skiff April 24, 1985: 2.

Commentaries and Editorials:

Interview with Spezzatino Magazine “Springtime in the Ancestors’ Gardens: Native Health and Finding Comfort,” at vol. 4, 2008.

Keynote speech: “Indigenizing the Academy,” Proceedings of the 6th Annual American Indian Studies Consortium Conference, ASU “Envisioning the Future of American Indian Studies: Creating Standards for the Development of Curriculum, Research & Practice” February 100-11, 2005. Published in Wicazo Sa Review  21 (Spring 2006): 127-139.

The Short List: “My Favorite Course to Teach,” The Chronicle Review, April 8, 2005, p. B4.

Editorial Comment: “Decolonizing Our Diets By Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens,” AIQ 27: 3/4 (2003): 807-839.

Editorial Comment: “Choosing America’s Heroes and Villains: Lessons Learned From the Execution of Silon Lewis,” AIQ 29 1/2 (2005): 239-262.

Editorial Comment:  “Imparting Basic Empowering and Nation-Building Strategies in the Classroom,” AIQ 27:1/2 (Winter-Spring 2003): 459-478. Reprinted as “Overcoming Hegemony in Native Studies Programs” in Don Jacobs, ed., Unlearning the Language of Conquest (Austin: University of Texas Press).

Comment: “Activism vs. Apathy: The Price We Pay for Both,” for special issue on “Problems in the Ivory Tower,” American Indian Quarterly, 27: 1/2 (2003): 325-332.

Comment With Waziyatawin Angela Wilson: “Indigenous Scholars vs. the Status Quo,” in American Indian Quarterly26:1 (Winter 2002): 145-148.

Review commentary of “Indian Girls,” in HEArt 5:1 (Fall, 2000): 18-20

“Interview with Denise Maloney-Pictou and Deborah Maloney-Pictou” American Indian Quarterly 24:2 (2000):264-278.

“Infatuation is not enough: review of Ian Frazier’s On the Rez,” American Indian Quarterly 24:2 (Spring 2000): 283-286.