Replanting Cultures

Replanting Cultures: Community-Engaged Scholarship in Indian Country

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Real examples of building collaborative, respectful, and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous nations and scholarly institutions to better inform research being done.

Benjamin J. Barnes is Chief of the Shawnee Tribe. Stephen Warren is a Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795-1870 and The Worlds the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America and the editor of The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma: Resilience through Adversity.

OXFORD, OHIO - September 30, 2022; This year marks the 50th anniversary of a unique relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University, a relationship rooted in mutual respect and a desire to educate. The outcomes of this relationship far surpassed what anyone could have imagined 50 years ago.

When Ben Barnes, Chief of the Shawnee Tribe, saw the outcomes of this relationship, he began to wonder if similar opportunities would be possible for his community.

"When I saw what the Myaamia Center was doing and the scholarship they were producing, I wanted that for my people," Barnes said. "So, we had to start looking at what community-engaged scholarship looks like in Indian Country and what the best practices would be. But tenure and promotion standards emphasize single-authored scholarship and the principle of peer review; criteria that leave Indigenous communities on the outside looking in."

Barnes began seeking scholars actively participating in community-engaged scholarship and asked them to outline their findings and examples of their work in Replanting Cultures.

Replanting Cultures provides a theoretical and practical guide to community-engaged scholarship with Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada. The publication includes case studies from the Stó꞉lō of the Fraser River Valley to the Shawnee and Miami Tribes of Oklahoma, and universities in Ohio and Indiana. A number of both Native and non-Native authors discuss the work they put into establishing meaningful collaborations that result in the betterment of Native peoples.

This one-of-a-kind publication provides readers with examples of collaborative research, driven by the community's needs. It offers an examination of the outcomes of community-engaged scholarship between the Shawnee Tribe and non-Native scholars. It offers multiple perspectives from the Myaamia Center, which has been practicing community-engaged scholarship for over two decades. Finally, it provides insight into successful community-engaged scholarship taking place outside academia, in places like the courtroom, public libraries, laboratories, and living history museums.

For more information or to request a copy for review, visit: https://sunypress.edu/Books/R/Replanting-Cultures