Dr. Dian Million (Tanana Athabascan) has been teaching in AIS since 2002. Dr. Million has a M. A. and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research explores issues around politics of knowledge and intellectual production for Native and Indigenous peoples. She also is active in researching community mental health issues in intersection with race, class, gender and identity issues in Indian Country. In particular Million's present work in felt theory explores the emotional content of colonialism and sociobureaucratic emotional management in Indian Country.
As an active Northwest writer Dr. Million has published a variety of articles, essays and poetry. Publications for Dr. Million include American Quarterly, Canadian Women Studies/Les Cahiers de la femme: National Identity and Gender Politics, Social Justice, Reinventing the Enemy's Language, "Predator", ee wdoowata'a ag'e: Did They Rob You, Exhibit essay, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska, The Journal of Experiential Education, Calapooya College, Beloved of the Sky: Essays and Photographs on Clearcutting, Mr. Cogito, Bearing Witness Sobreviviendo: An Anthology of Writing and Art by Native American/Latina Women, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies.
Dr. Million was a co-founder of Northwest Native American Writers with Gloria Bird, Elizabeth Woody, Ed Edmo and Vincent Wannassay. As the first professional writers group in the Pacific Northwest, the group were influential in producing publications such as Dancing on the Rim of the World: An Anthology of Contemporary Northwest Native American Writing.
Dr. Million teaches:
AIS 270 - Indians of the Pacific Northwest
AIS 340 - Indian Children and Families
AIS 377 - Contemporary American Indian Literature
AIS 378 - Contemporary American Indian Literature: A Northwest Focus
AIS 451 - Critical Conversations in American Indian Studies