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Kathryn W. Shanley (Nakona) is a Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana and serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Native American and Indigenous Education. She has published extensively in the field of Native American literature, especially on the works of James Welch, Blackfeet / Gros Ventre writer from Montana. Her recent service as president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (2010-2013) speaks both to her standing in the field of Native American studies and her commitment to comparative global Indigenous studies. Dr. Shanley has worked extensively with the Montana Indian Education for All Initiative since 1999, collaborating on three conferences for teachers and has recently had accepted for publication two articles for a volume on teaching Indigenous studies at the high school and community college levels: one on Native autobiography and one of oral traditions. Her teaching and scholarly interests involve (in addition to literary study): Native American gender, religious belief and philosophy, and oral traditions.

Phyllis Bo-yuen Ngai holds an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana. Her research and teaching interests lie at the crossroads of language, culture, communication, and public education. Dr. Ngai is the author of Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools in the Contemporary Native Communities, published by AltaMira Press (2012). This book is based on her doctoral research conducted on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She also is the author and co-author of six book chapters, two monographs, and 17 professional-journal articles. Her recent research explores (1) communication differences in Native/non-Native educational partnerships; (2) the impacts of different Indian-education approaches on Native and non-Native students' learning outcomes in public middle schools; and (3) the linkages between the global and the Indigenous in education and in development. Currently, Phyllis teaches courses in intercultural communication and international development communication. To contribute to her community, she has been involved in supporting integration of Indigenous education in local public schools for nearly a decade. She co-directed several grant projects that aimed to bring about social change through Indian Education for All as a form of transformative multicultural education.