Dr. Charlotte Coté
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
Dr. Charlotte Coté (Nuu-chah-nulth) has B. A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She also has a degree in Broadcast Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Coté s research examines issues around Native governance, politics, law, and sovereignty in the United States and Canada. She has published numerous articles that cover issues such as traditional Indian law and justice systems, the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth whaling tradition and the northwest coast Guardian Spirit Complex. She recently completed a book manuscript titled, Honoring the Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors: The Revitalization of the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling Tradition.
She serves as Chair of the "House of Knowledge" Project Advisory Committee (HOKPAC), which is a project to build a longhouse-style facility on the UW's Seattle campus. She also serves on the UW's Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) board.
She is a member of the Potlatch Fund Foundation Board and have served in an advisory capacity to the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Northwest Folklife Festival Cultural Committee. She is an executive member of the Seattle Art Museum Native Arts Council.
Dr. Coté teaches; AIS 270 - Indians in the Pacific Northwest, AIS 335 - American Indians and the Law, AIS 431 - History of Indian Education, AIS 441 - Gender in Native American Societies, AIS 461 - First Nations Government and Politics in Canada, AIS 465 - First Nations Filmmaking in Canada. She also teaches a graduate course that examines Indian sovereignty and public policy issues.
Dr. Carol Zane Jolles
Research Associate Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Carol Jolles received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She is a sociocultural anthropologist with research interests in culture change, gender, ethnohistory, modern hunter-gatherers; Alaskan Inuit and Yupik societies, and Native North America.
She is engaged in on-going work with north Bering Sea Alaska Native communities as well as a new focus on communities of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in southwest Alaska. One project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) , has investigated the extent of sociocultural and economic changes associated with globalization processes in three subsistence-oriented Iñupiat societies (circa 1930 to present) and the effects of those changes over time on local identity and culture. The communities are Wales, Diomede and the King Island diaspora living in Nome and Anchorage. Work with these communities has been collaborative and has involved extensive community outreach activities, including the return of all original data in the form of usable maps, charts, and notebooks.
A second set of linked studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, “Assessing Alaskan Yup’ik Community Interest in a Dental Health Initiative” [pilot project] and “Ethnographic Approaches to Alaska Native Health Disparities Research” involves work with communities of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and will incorporate ethnographic research into a project designed to address on-going dental health issues that disproportionately affect Alaska Native children.
A third study, “Connections between Coastal Sea Ice Characteristics and Human Populations in the Bering Sea: Comparisons over Time and Space” focuses on connections between sea ice and human populations in the Bering Sea region. Included in the study are the Alaska Native communities of Wales, Diomede, Gambell, Savoonga, St. Paul and St. George.
She is author of the book Faith, Food, and Family in a Yupik Whaling Community (2002), as well as book chapters “Listening to Elders, Working with Youth,” Iñupiaq Society and Gender Relations,” and “Iñupiaq Maritime Hunters.”
Associate Professor, iSchool
Adjunct Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
Associate Dean for Research, iSchool
Dr. Metoyer's research interests include indigenous systems of knowledge with an emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations; information seeking behaviors in cultural communities; and ethics and leadership in cultural communities. After completing her degree, Dr. Metoyer, working as a Project Director at the National Indian Education Association, assisted tribes and state agenices in planning and developing library services in urban and reservations communities. Over the years, she has had the honor of assisting the Mashantucket Pequot, Cahuilla, San Manuel, Yakima, Navajo, Seneca, Mohawk and the Lakota nations in the development of their libraries, archives and museums.
Before joining the iSchool faculty, Dr. Metoyer was the Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. She also served on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Metoyer held the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian History at the University of California, Riverside. In 2006. she was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities to pursue her study of Native American systems of knowledge.
She has been a member of several advisory boards, including the Newberry Library D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, the Southwest Museum, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the University of Arizona, Knowledge River Program. She also holds the distinction of being elected as the American Indian delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services. Recently, Dr. Metoyer was appointed to the UW House of Knowledge Planning Committee.
She has published in major research journals, including College & Research Libraries, Library and Information Science Research, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. The Association of College and Research Libraries honored her 1991 book, Information-seeking Behaviors of Gatekeepers in Ethnolinguistic Communities.
Dr. Betty Schmitz
Director, Center for Curriculum Transformation
Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Dr. Betty Schmitz received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in French. She taught at the University of Wisconsin, Emory University and Montana State University before beginning a career as an academic administrator. She has directed long-term faculty development institutes and institutional change projects at several major universities, including Montana State University, the University of Maryland, and Evergreen State College.
She has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the American Council on Education, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. She has also organized major national conferences and projects for the Ford Foundation and AAC&U.
She has lectured written and consulted extensively on curriculum and institutional change. Her books include Core Curriculum and Cultural Pluralism and Integrating Women’s Studies into the Curriculum.
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