Professor Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

presents a keynote address

"What About Post-Coloniality?"


Tenth Annual Distinguished American  Indian Speaker's Series

8 October 2010



 Professor Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
photo credit Felver

Date, Time and Place:  Professor Elizabeth Cook-Lynn will speak on Friday morning October 8th in the Administration Auditorium on the University of Idaho campus, Moscow, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

Following Cook-Lynn's talk, there will be a question and answer session.  And join us in a reception and book-signing following the talk.

Professor Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a well-known and respected American Indian Studies professor, author and lecturer. She is Emerita at Eastern Washington University and Visiting Faculty at Arizona State University. Professor Cook-Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, was born November 17, 1930 in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, and raised on the reservation. She is Professor Emerita of English and Native American Studies at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. She comes from a family of Sioux politicians - her father and grandfather served on the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council for many years - and from Native scholars. Her grandmother was a bilingual writer for early Christian-oriented newspapers at Sisseton, SD, and a great-grandfather, Gabriel Renville, was a Native linguist instrumental in developing early Dacotah language dictionaries.

Professor Cook-Lynn did her undergraduate work at South Dakota State College (now South Dakota State University) in English and Journalism, graduating with a BA in English and journalism in 1952. She studied at New Mexico State University in 1966 and at Black Hills State College in 1968. She obtained her Masters of Education from the University of South Dakota in Education, Psychology and Counseling in 1971. She was in a doctoral program at the University of Nebraska in 1977-78 and was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Stanford University in 1976.

Professor Cook-Lynn has taught high school in New Mexico and South Dakota. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Davis. She spent most of her academic career at Eastern Washington University in Cheney from 1971 until her retirement, where she was Professor of English and Native American Studies. She became Professor Emerita in 1990. With Beatrice Medicine, Roger Buffalohead and William Willard, she was one of the founding editors of Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies (Red Pencil Review). She is also a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and the Authors Guild.

Since her retirement, Professor Cook-Lynn has served as a writer-in-residence at universities around the country. In the fall of 1993, she and N. Scott Momaday held a workshop at South Dakota State University for Sioux writers. From this workshop came a journal, Woyake Kinikiya: A Tribal Model Literary Journal, introduced by six of Elizabeth's poems.

Awards: Professor Cook-Lynn was chosen to receive the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.  Elizabeth received the Literary Contribution Award for 2002 from the Mountain Plains Library Association.   It will be presented at Tri-Conference in Fargo, ND October 4, 2002 (MPLA/NDLA/SDLA).    In 1978, Cook-Lynn was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship which she spent at Stanford University.    In 1995, Elizabeth was awarded the Oyate Igluwitaya by the Native American Club at South Dakota State University. Oyate Igluwitaya means "to make one's self see or think clearly in the company of others, particularly The People, the Oyate."    Professor Cook-Lynn's book, Why I Canít Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice as cited for a Gustavus Myers Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study Of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America at Boston University. 

Fiction: Aurelia : a Crow Creek trilogy (Niwot, CO: Colorado UP, 1999), From the river's edge (NY: Arcade, 1991). 

Poetry: I remember the fallen trees: new and selected poems (Cheney, WA: Eastern Washington UP, 1998).

Short Stories: The power of horses and other stories (NY: Arcade, 1990), Seek the house of relatives (Marvin, SD: Blue Cloud Quarterly Press, 1983), Then Badger said this (Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1983).

Non-fiction:  New Indians, Old Wars Illinois UP Press 2007),  Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya's Earth (Illinois UP 2001),  Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty (with Mario Gonzalez) (Illinois UP, 1999).   Why I can't read Wallace Stegner and other essays : a tribal voice (Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 1996).

Sponsorship: This speaking engagement is being sponsored by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English of the University of Idaho.

This session is free and open to the public.  All are welcome. 

For more information, contact Angelique EagleWoman (U of I): e-mail:




A Look at Past Speaker's Series Presentations

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Idaho is pleased to sponsor the Distinguished American Indian Speaker's Series.  Begun in November of 2000 with the lecture by Rebecca Tsosie (Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University), followed in 2001 with Duane Champagne (Director of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA), and in 2003 with Devon Mihesuah (Professor of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University), the Series brings leading American Indian elders, scholars, artists, activists, and educators to campus for public lectures and workshops on topics of timely interest.  The intention of the Series is to challenge widely held stereotypes and prejudices, and promote an appreciation of the continued vitality of American Indian cultures and traditions.

The 2000 - "Visions of Education for the 21st Century: Facing the Challenges of Cultural and Tribal Sovereignty," with keynote speaker Rebecca Tsosie The 2001 - "Renewing Tribal Governments through Reconsidering Tribal Constitutions," with keynote speaker Duane Champagne The 2002 - "The Art of the Powwow: Creating a Sense of Place through Camera and Brush"
The 2003 - "Indigenizing the Curriculum, with keynote speaker Devon Mihesuah The 2004 - Series The 2005 - "One Hundred and Fifty Years of Treaty Relations: Native Reflections on the Significance of the Treaties of 1855"
The 2006 - Series The 2007 -"Weaving With the Heart: Nez Perce Cornhusk Weaving," with demonstration by Jenny Williams  The 2008 - "Fencing Off the Eagle and the Condor, Border Politics, and Indigenous People," with keynote speaker Angelique EagleWoman



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