Faculty

Eldena Bear Don't Walk

  • School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor
Office: Law 112
Eldena Bear Don't Walk

Professor Bear Don't Walk serves as the Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Professor Bear Don't Walk is a member of the Crow Nation and a descendant of the Salish, Turtle Mountain and Little Shell people. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, a Masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate all from the University of Montana.  She recently completed a Legal Masters (LLM)  focusing on Indigenous People's Law and Policy at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law. Her areas of study were Critical Race Theory and International Indigenous Human Rights.

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Jason Begay

  • School of Journalism
  • Director of Native American Journalism Projects
  • Assitant Professor
Office: Don Anderson Hall, Room 410
Jason Begay

Annie Belcourt

  • College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • Assistant Professor
  • Pharmacy Practice/Community and Public Health Sciences
Office: Skaggs Building, Room 306
Annie Belcourt

Dr. Belcourt (Otter Woman) is an American Indian Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana’s Pharmacy Practice & Public Health. Her doctoral degree is in clinical psychology. Research priorities include mental health disparities, trauma, posttraumatic stress reactions, risk, resiliency, and psychiatric disorder among American Indians. Dr. Belcourt is an enrolled Three Affiliated Tribal member: Mandan, Hidatsan, Blackfeet and Chippewa lineage.

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Ray Cross

  • School of Law
  • Professor of Law
Office: School of Law Building, Room 317
Ray Cross

Linda Eagleheart

  • Missoula College
  • Associate Professor
  • Applied Arts and Sciences
Office: Health and Business Building, Room 02

Debra Earling

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Associate Professor
  • Native American Studies and Fiction
Office: Liberal Arts, Room 215
Debra Earling

Neyooxet Greymorning

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Professor
  • Native American Studies and Anthropology
Office: Native American Center, Room 203F
Neyooxet Greymorning

Neyooxet Greymorning (Arapaho) trained as a linguistic and political anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma, where he received his Doctorate. Since joining the University of Montana’s departments of Anthropology and Native American Studies (1994) he has lectured at Australia’s Southern Cross University, and from 2001-2002 was University of Victoria’s Acting Director of the Indigenous Governance Programs (British Columbia, Canada). Neyooxet’s work toward revitalizing Native languages led to his developing Accelerated Second Language Acquisition©™ and contributed to him being named three times to Who's Who Among America’s College and University Teachers.

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Rosalyn LaPier

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
Office: Jeannette Rankin Hall, Room 017
Rosalyn LaPier

Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet/Métis) joined the Environmental Studies program faculty in fall 2012. Her research and teaching interests include: Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Ethnobotany, and U.S. Environmental History and Policy. Rosalyn is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe of Montana and is also Red River Métis.

Rosalyn serves as the faculty adviser for the Traditional Environmental Knowledge of Native Peoples focus area within the Environmental Studies Department, for both undergraduate and graduate students.

To learn more about environmental issues, like Protecting Indigenous People's Environments (PIPE) at UM on Facebook.

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George Price

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Lecturer
  • Native American Studies and History and the African American Studies Program
Office: Native American Center, Room 203E
George Price

George Price (Wampanoag/Massachuset/Choctaw) has been living on the Flathead Indian Reservation and teaching since the summer of 1985: 10 years at Two Eagle River School, 3 years at Salish Kootenai College, and at the University of Montana since 1998, in Native American Studies, History, and African American Studies.

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Kathryn Shanley

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Professor and the Special Assistant to the Provost
  • Native American and Indigenous Education
Office: Native American Center, Room 203C
Kathryn Shanley

Maylinn Smith

  • School of Law
  • Associate Professor
Office: School of Law Building, Room 104
Maylinn Smith

Director of the Indian Law Clinic, University of Montana School of Law.

Currently supervises third year law students’ working on model tribal codes and projects promoting economic development within Indian country; representing individuals in tribal court on civil matters; representing Indian children and parents in Indian Child Welfare Act cases; addressing treaty rights issues and jurisdictional issues in federal, tribal or state court systems and providing training on a variety of Indian law issues to tribal and non-Indian entities.  In addition to her work in the Indian Law clinic, she has taught Federal Indian Law; Advanced Problems in Federal Indian Law; Indian Child Welfare; Criminal Law and Procedure in Indian Country, Tribal courts/tribal law and Federal Courts. Her previous experiences include; Chief Judge of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; Tribal Appellate Judge; private practice and legal counsel for the Salish & Kootenai Tribal Court.

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Gyda Swaney

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Associate Professor
  • Psychology
Office: Skaggs Building, Room 143
Gyda Swaney

Aaron Thomas

  • College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Associate Professor
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: Chemistry, Room 217
Aaron Thomas

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Aaron Thomas is done with his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.  He is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and also Director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education (IRSE) that seeks to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students in STEM related fields though education from kindergarten through graduate school and also through research benefiting Native communities.

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