Rosalyn La Pier
Office: Jeannette Rankin Hall 017
Faculty, Environmental Studies Program
Author with David Beck, City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934, University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
Rosalyn is an environmental historian, ethnobotanist, writer and popular public speaker. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana and also Red River Métis.
- She has spent over twenty years apprenticing with Blackfeet elder Annie Mad Plume Wall and other tribal elders learning ethnobotany, ethnoecology, religion and history of the Blackfeet.
- She has thirteen years teaching experience: eight years with a Native-controlled college and five years at UM.
- She lives in the heart of Salish country in Missoula, Montana & off the grid in the summer near Chief Mountain on the Blackfeet reservation.
Tuesdays: 1pm to 4pm, or by appointment.
- Traditional Environmental Knowledge
- Ethnobotany & Ethnoecology of Indigenous Peoples
- Non-Timber Forest Products & Conservation
- Native American Language Preservation & Community Activism
- Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental History, University of Montana
- M.A., Liberal Studies (through Religious Studies), DePaul University
- B.A., Physics, Colorado College
Faculty Advisor, Traditional Environmental Knowledge of Native Peoples Focus Area
ENST 510 Environmental Issues of Native Americans
ENST 410 Tradiational Environmental Knowledge of Native Americans
ENST 396 Supervised Internship - Ethnobotany
ENST 391 Environment Montana: From Anaconda to Zortman
ENST 201 Environmental Information Resources
With Native American Studies at UM: NASX/PSCI 475X Tribal Sovereignty, NASX 391 American Indian Environmental Knowledge and Ethics, NASX 304E Native American Belief and Philosophy (same as NASX/RSTS 301 American Indian Religion and Philosophy), and ENST/NASX 303E Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions.
Founding Member, National Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs, 2014 to present
Advisory Council, Environmental Protection Agency, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, 2013-2016
Advisory Committee, American Indian College Fund, Building Sustainable Pathways Program, 2014-2017
Editorial Board, Montana The Magazine of Western History, Helena, Montana
Enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana & Métis (Red River/Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
Rosalyn is one of four Native American professors nationally in tenure track positions in Environmetal Studies or Sciences. She is the first and only Blackfeet tribal member with a tenure track position at the University of Montana.
Rosalyn has worked for 20+ years with community-based organizations that advocate for Native American language preservation. She works at the national level to promote the preservation of Native American languages.
- She worked with Piegan Institute and the late Darrell Robes Kipp (Apiniokio Peta) from 1991 to 2014. During that time she raised almost $4,000,000 for Institute programs.
- She works to influence state and federal legislation to promote and restore Native American languages, including the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act.
- She is the founder of Saokio Heritage, a community based organization, that works to preserve Native American languages using digital and social media.
- She is a founding member of the National Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs.
Rosalyn has visited numerous Indigenous communities in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezula and Bolivia. She has served as an invited guest and speaker within many of these communities.
University Research Grant, University of Montana, 2014-2015
Faculty Professional Enhancement Grant, University of Montana, 2014
Humanities Montana Grant, 2014
Travel Award, National Science Foundation, STEM Women of Color Conclave, Spring 2012 & Spring 2014
Professional Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Economic Empowerment Exchange Program for Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, Spring 2014.
International Research Grant, International Studies, University of Montana, Summer 2013
Graduate Fellowship, The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago IL, 2009-2010
Travel Grant, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., Fall 2009
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., 2007
Frances C. Allen Fellow, D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of American Indians, The Newberry Library, Chicago, 2007
Research Fellowship, Montana Committee for the Humanities, 2004-2005
TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE:
Article, "What's in a Name?," Montana Naturalist, Spring/Summer 2015.
Article, "Silent, Sacred and Wild," Crown of the Continent Magazine, Spring 2015.
Article, "Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change," Environmental Justice in Action, July 1, 2014.
Interview, The Truth About Trees: A Natural and Human History, Film Series and Community Story Project, Spring 2014
Article, "Montana's Metis People," Montana Naturalist, Winter 2013/2014.
Guest Opinion Column, "Thoughts on What Makes A Place Holy," The Great Falls Tribune, October 24, 2013.
Article, "From the Natural to the Supernatural: Discovering the Piegan People's World View," Montana Naturalist, Winter 2009/2010.
Section Introduction, "Buffalo Jumps," American Indian Places, edited by Frances H. Kennedy, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Chapter, "Métis Life Along Montana's Front Range," Beyond ... The Shadows of the Rockies: History of the Augusta Area, Augusta MT: Augusta Historical Society, 2007.
Internet, “Relationship with the Land – Seasonal Round,” Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, www.glenbow.org/blackfoot/teacher_toolkit/pdf/Land_SeasonalRound.pdf, Spring 2006
Article, “Blackfeet Botanist: Annie Mad Plume Wall,” Montana Naturalist, Fall 2005.
Lexicon, Blackfeet Vocabulary Terms for Items of Material Culture, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2005.
AMERICAN INDIAN ACTIVISM:
Book Manuscript, City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934, Rosalyn LaPier and David R.M. Beck, University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
Book Chapter, "American Indian Urbanization,” Why You Can't Teach U.S. History Without American Indians, David R.M. Beck and Rosalyn LaPier, Edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Stevens, University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
Journal Article, "‘One Man Relocation Team:’ Scott Henry Peters and American Indian Migration in the 1930's," Rosalyn LaPier and David R.M. Beck, Western Historical Quarterly, Spring 2014.
Journal Article, "Crossroads for a Culture: American Indians in Progressive Era Chicago," Rosalyn LaPier and David R.M. Beck, Chicago History, Spring 2012.
Guest Opinion Column, "Native Americans in the Academy," The Missoulian, December 13, 2007.
"Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History," edited by Nicole St-Onge, Carolyn Podruchny and Brenda Macdougall, Journal of American Ethnic History, Winter 2015.
"Amskapi Pikuni," by Alice Kehoe and Clark Wissler, Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Autumn, 2013.
"Huanduj. Brugmansia," by Alistair Hay, Monika Gottschalk, and Adolfo Holguin, Economic Botany. June 2013.
"Blackfoot Redemption: A Blood Indians Story of Murder, Confinement, and Imperfect Justice," by William Farr, Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Summer 2013.
"California Indian Languages," by Victor Golla, California History, September 2012.
FEATURED OR INTERVIEWED IN MEDIA:
Native American Calling, "State of the Union," January 23, 2015, featured guest.
The Truth About Trees: A Natural and Human History, Film Series and Community Story Project, Spring 2014
Native American Calling, "Renew, Reuse, Recycle -- Realistic?" November 18, 2013, featured guest.
Karl Puckett. "Woman Appointed to EPA Council: Advisory Panel Focuses on Environmental Justice," Great Falls Tribune, August 31, 2013.
Briana Wipf. "Shift to English Threatens Languages," Great Falls Tribune, June 30, 2013.
Martin Kidston. "Native American Professors Hired to Tenure-Tracked Jobs at University of Montana," The Missoulian, January 21, 2013.
Editor. "University of Montana Hires Blackfeet Professor," Glacier Reporter. October 3, 2012.
Clay Scott. Mountain West Voices. September 21, 2012.
Jessica Mayner. "Two Spirit, One Purpose," Missoula Independent. November 5, 2009.