Joseph G. Hiller (Lakota) is the former Head of the American Indian Studies Program. He has returned to his roles as Assistant Dean for American Indian Programs, Associate Director of the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, and Assistant Director of Arizona Cooperative Extension -- all in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) . He is the former Chair of the Watershed Management and Ecohydrology Program (2004-2007) in the CALS School of Natural Resources.
Dr. Hiller provides leadership for CALS programs, projects, and activities dealing with Arizona's Indian tribes, nations, communities and tribal colleges including Cooperative Extension, academic programs, and research efforts. He administers the budgeted research programs in CALS and in the principal investigator for the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP). http://www.indiancountryextension.org/index.php Dr. Hiller holds the rank of professor and extension specialist in watershed management. His academic expertise includes agriculture and natural resources issues, particularly in Indian Country, tribal colleges, watershed management, water policy, rangeland ecology, Cooperative Extension programs and operations; international program. He advises graduate students in several disciplines, including Natural Resources, American Indian Studies, Arid Lands Resource Sciences and Geography. In addition Joe serves on several national-level consultative panels and boards that interact with Tribes and the U.S. government, states and counties, including: The President's White House Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/whtc/edlite-index.html, The Indian Land Tenure Foundation http://www.indianlandtenure.org/, and the FRTEP National Consultative Panel http://www.csrees.usda.gov/about/offices/pdfs/eirp.pdf.
Dr. Ed de Steiguer holds a B.B.A. in economics (Lamar University), Masters in Forestry (Stephen F. Austin State University) and Ph.D. in forestry economics and policy (Texas A&M University). He has served as a research economist and policy analyst with the USDA Forest Service (1981-1998) and is currently a professor of natural resource economics and policy at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment (1998-present). He also currently holds joint appointments in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics and in American Indian Studies, both at the University of Arizona. Dr. de Steiguer has also held regular or affiliate faculty appointments at Texas A&M University, North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the School of Rural Engineering, Waters and Forest at Nancy, France. From 1992 to 1998 he was Deputy Program Manager of the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Global Change Program. In 2001, he was a fellow at the Udall Center for Studies of Public Policy, University of Arizona, where he studied cost-benefit analysis of global climate change impacts. In 2003-2005, he was co-principal investigator on a NASA grant to examine carbon sequestration potential on state trust rangelands in southern Arizona.
Dr. de Steiguer currently teaches RNR 480/580 – “Natural Resources Policy and Law,” RNR 485/585 – “Natural Resources Economics and Planning,” and RNR 496m/596m – “Environmental and Natural Resource Themes in Popular Cinema.” He is the author of more than 100 scientific and technical publications dealing with natural resources and the environment. He has authored three books. His latest is titled, Wild Horses of the West, the History and Politic of America’s Mustangs (University of Arizona Press). He has recently made invited presentations on carbon offset trading on semi-arid lands of the southwestern U.S. to: 1) the 23rd Annual (2009) University of Arizona AgriBusiness Forum in Mesa, AZ; 2) the Agriculture and Clean Energy Summit sponsored by American Farmland Trust (September 15, 2009; Las Cruces, New Mexico); and 3) the University of Arizona Annual Cooperative Extension Meeting (May 19, 2010) Tucson, AZ. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Research Ranch Foundation of the National Audubon Society (located at Elgin, Arizona), were he actively participates in research related to, among other things, the impact of climate change on semi-arid rangelands. Dr. de Steiguer’s current research includes serving as economist on an interdisciplinary research project titled: “Sweet Sorghum Alternative Fuel and Feed Pilot Project,” (U.S. DOE). Also, he currently serves as economist on the research project “ARID Algae Research Integrated Design” (Petro Sun, Inc. of Tempe, AZ) which explores the production of algae oil in the southwestern U.S.
Justice Raymond D. Austin is Diné (Navajo) from northeastern Arizona. He is the Distinguished Jurist in Residence for the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law. Justice Austin received a B.S. from Arizona State University in 1979, earned a law degree (J.D.) from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1983, and, received a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies (Law and Policy Concentration) from the University of Arizona in 2007.
Justice Austin is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association and the state bars of Arizona and Utah. Justice Austin served on the Navajo Nation Supreme Court from 1985 to 2001. Justice Austin also served as judge pro term on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I (1993-1994) and as solicitor to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals (2005-2007). He served as the Herman Phleger Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School in spring 1995. He has taught courses as visiting professor at the Harvard Law School, Arizona State University College of Law, and University of Utah College of Law. He has also taught seminars on Indian law and tribal law and judicial systems to members of the state bars of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico and to other legal associations. He is a past member of the board of directors for the National Indian Justice Center, National American Indian Court Judges Association, and the Advisory Council on Indian Legal Programs at the Arizona State University College of Law.
Justice Austin's book, Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law, A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance (University of Minnesota Press), became available in November 2009. Justice Raymond Austin has recently been in UA news regarding his new book "Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law, A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance" Click here for details.
Susan Lobo received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in l977. From January l984 to the present, she has worked as an independent practicing anthropologist She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the coordinator of the Center for Latin American Studies, and at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests are in indigenous peoples worldwide, including urbanization, modernization, migration, and community development; American Indians with a focus on contemporary issues, urbanization, and social change; and current issues in Native American Studies as an academic field of study. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Lobo has also served as a consultant emphasizing research, advocacy, project design and evaluation, working primarily for American Indian tribes and nations, and community-based NGOs in the United States and Central and South America. Recently she has taught as a visiting professor at La Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and the Ilisilimatusarfic University in Greenland. Dr. Lobo's books include "Urban Voices: the Bay Area American Indian Community," "American Indians and the Urban Experience," "Native American Voices: a Reader," "A House of My Own: Social Organization in the Squatter Settlements of Lima Peru," and most recently "The Sweet Smell of Home: the Life and Art of Leonard F. Chana" and the 3rd edition of "Native American Voices." She has also published numerous articles in the "American Indian Culture and Research Journal," "Native Peoples," "The American Indian Quarterly," "MesoAmerica," "News from Native California," and many others.
Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham) directed American Indian Studies for 5 years between 1986-1991 and was one of the co-founders, and now director of the nationally recognized American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI). Ofelia Zepeda is a Regents’ Professor of Linguistics and is interdisciplinary faculty for American Indian Studies. She is the author of the first book on the grammar of the Tohono O'odham language, A Tohono O’odham Grammar. Professors Zepeda's scholarly publications on dialect variation, and issues on language shift and revitalization have appeared in numerous journals and books. Ofelia, as a poet writes in Tohono O’odham and English. Her current books include three books of poetry, Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert, The University of Arizona Press and Jewed ‘I-hoi/ Earth Movements, Kore Press, a bilingual collection (including a CD) and Where Clouds are Formed, The University of Arizona Press. Her poetry and literary essays also appear in various anthologies and collections. She is the series editor of the award winning publication series, Sun Tracks, a publication focusing on Native American authors, The University of Arizona Press. In 1997 the Sun Tracks anniversary volume, Home Places, was edited by Ofelia Zepeda and Dr. Larry Evers (English Department). Zepeda teaches Elementary O'odham Language and courses and seminars on language revitalization and maintenance. She has an extensive service/outreach record and in 1996 received the Tanner Award for significant contributions to the American Indian Community (awarded by the UA Indian Alumni Association). She is also the recipient of an award from the UA Graduate College for service to graduate students. Zepeda actively works with AIS graduate students on independent projects and supervising internships. In 1999 Dr. Zepeda was recognized with a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine MacAuthur Foundation for her life long work on American Indian language issues.
Rob Williams is the E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies and Faculty Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson. He served as the first Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (2003-2004 academic year). He was Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (Winter and Spring term 2003), and previously served as Bennet Boskey Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law at Harvard (Winter and Spring terms, 2000 and 2001). An enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina, Professor Williams received his B.A. from Loyola College (1977) and his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1980). Professor Williams is the author of The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest (Oxford University Press, 1990), which received the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Center Award as one of the outstanding books published in 1990 on the subject of prejudice in the United States. He has also written Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 (Oxford University Press, 1997), and is co-author of Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials (4th ed., with David Getches and Charles Wilkinson) (West, 1998). His most recent book, "Like a Loaded Weapon:" The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America, will be published by University of Minnesota Press (Fall 2005). Professor Williams was the recipient of a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship award (2001-2002) from the Open Society Institute, and has also received major grants and awards from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Institute of Justice to support his research and advocacy activities on behalf of Indian tribes and indigenous peoples. He presently serves as Principal Investigator for a $1.2 million dollar 2005 congressionally funded research grant to support the establishment of the "IPLP/NNI [Native Nations Institute] Collaborative Project" at the University of Arizona. Williams has represented indigenous plaintiffs and communities before United Nations and Inter-American human rights bodies and the United States Supreme Court ( Nevada v. Hicks, 2001 term). Professor Williams serves as Chief Justice of the Yavapai-Prescott Apache Tribe Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals, Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation. He also serves as judge pro tempore for the Tohono O'odham Nation. Visit his U of A faculty profile at http://www.law.arizona.edu/Faculty/getprofile.cfm?facultyid=40
Sheilah Nicholas, Hopi, is of the Sunforehead Clan from the Village of Songoopavi on Second Mesa, the Hopi Reservation. She is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLSS), Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) Program and also Affiliate Faculty in the American Indian Studies Program (AISP) and Second Language Acquisition Teaching (SLAT). Professor Nicholas’ scholarly work focuses on Indigenous/Hopi language maintenance and revitalization. Her current writing draws on her dissertation, “Becoming ‘Fully’ Hopi: The Role of the Hopi Language in the Contemporary Lives of Hopi Youth—A Hopi Case Study of Language Shift and Vitality.” Her consultant roles with the Hopi Tribe and local schools have provided professional relationships resulting in the establishment of an on-site Hopi Language Summer Institute for teacher-training offering university course and transfer to LRC degree programs as well as on-going professional development in language-teaching.