Rosalyn La Pier
Office: Jeannette Rankin Hall 017
Faculty, Environmental Studies Program
Faculty Contact, Traditional Environmental Knowledge of Native Peoples (Focus Area)
New Publication "City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934," with David R.M. Beck, expected May 2015
Academic and Professional Background
Rosalyn’s work within Native American communities and national organizations, as well as her research and publications on Traditional Environmental Knowledge and American Indian Activism, provide a unique blend and background of community-based advocacy and academic training that will benefit the students within Environmental Studies Program.
Rosalyn worked for 20+ years with several national and regional Native non-profits including the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (who protected Native lands and natural resources), Americans for Indian Opportunity (who strengthen emerging Native leaders and governments) and Piegan Institute (who preserve and promote Native languages). She also worked at a Native college for 12 years, both as an instructor and program director.
Rosalyn is one of four American Indian faculty in tenure track positions in Environmetal Studies or Sciences nationally. She is also the first and only enrolled Blackfeet tribal member with a tenure track faculty position at the University of Montana.
Family and Community Background
Rosalyn’s most valued experiences though are the 20+ years she spent learning ethnobotany and TEK on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana from her late grandmother Annie Mad Plume Wall. She also spent many years with Blackfeet elders as she helped document the Blackfeet language. Rosalyn is fortunate to continue working with elders.
Rosalyn divides her time between living in the heart of Salish country in Missoula and living off the grid near Chief Mountain on the Blackfeet reservation. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana (her mother's family) and she is also Métis (her father's family).
Fall Hours: T/TH 12:30 to 2:00pm (or by appointment)
Traditional Ecological/Environmental Knowledge and Ethnobotany of Native and Métis Peoples; Native American Languages; U.S. Environmental History and Public Policy; American Indian Activism.
Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental History, University of Montana
M.A., Liberal Studies (through Religious Studies Dept.), DePaul University
B.A., Physics, Colorado College
ENST 201 Environmental Information Resources, Fall 2014
ENST 491 Nature and Native Americans, Fall 2014
ENST 594 Environmental Issues of Native Americans, Spring 2015
ENST 391 Environment Montana: From Anaconda to Zortman, Spring 2015
ENST/NASX 303E Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions
NASX/RSTS 301 American Indian Religion and Philosophy
NASX 304E Native American Belief and Philosophy
NASX 391 American Indian Environmental Knowledge and Ethics
NASX/PSCI 475X Tribal Sovereignty
Environmental Protection Agency, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, 2013-2016
Advisory Committee, American Indian College Fund, Building Sustainable Pathways Program, 2014-2017
State of Montana, State Historic Preservation Office, Board Member, 2007-2010, 2011-2014, appointed by Governor Brian Schweitzer, reappointed by Governor Steve Bullock
Saokio Heritage, www.saokioheritage.com, Founder
Enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana & Métis (Red River/Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
Rosalyn has visited numerous Indigenous communities in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezula and Bolivia. She 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, "Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change," Environmental Justice in Action, July 1, 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," with David R.M. Beck, (In Press, University of Nebraska Press, expected May, 2015).
Book Chapter, "American Indian Urbanization,” Why you can't Teach U.S. History without American Indians, with David R.M. Beck, Edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Stevens, (In Press, University of North Carolina Press, expected April, 2015)
Journal Article, "‘One Man Relocation Team:’ Scott Henry Peters and American Indian Migration in the 1930's," with David R.M. Beck, Western Historical Quarterly, Spring 2014.
Journal Article, "Crossroads for a Culture: American Indians in Progressive Era Chicago," with 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:
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.