Dr. Lenore A. Stiffarm is an enrolled Aa Nii (White Clay) from the Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana, with Nakoda and Kainai ancestry. She writes using her ancestral names of Na Gya Tha, A Hock Nack Itha and Bo Dock ee. She is the mother to three gifted human beings: White Moon, Thay Wus, and Nok A Dee Aye Wah Sin. Lenore is the sole proprietor of Dry Lake Associates and serves as an independent consultant. Her undergraduate work in education was at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT; she received three degrees from Harvard University: an M. Ed. in 1976; a Certificate of Advanced Study, 1977; and a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in 1980. Her doctoral requirements were fulfilled with her dissertation “Managing Change in Boston School System: An Examination of Criteria for School Closings in Boston, September 1978-December 1979.” Dr. Stiffarm is the first tribal citizen from the Fort Belknap Indian reservation to receive a Doctor’s degree. Her passion is language revitalization and language preservation. She considers herself to a be a kindergarten student in the Aa Nii language even though she holds a Class 7 Language Instructor license. Her research and publishing interests include demography, discrimination and inequality, data collection and evaluation, racism, historical and intergenerational healing and wellness, spirit writing, healing and wellness circles, curriculum development, health disparities with an emphasis on mental health, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, Aboriginal parenting, spirit writing, and healing circles. Dr. Stiffarm is a published author; artist; holds extensive knowledge and has presented papers, published and conducted workshops in the areas of evaluation, Aboriginal parenting, indigenous knowledge, multigenerational grieving, healing, cultural competency, wellness as it relates to indigenous people who have been affected by the process. Dr. Stiffarm completed two terms serving as Chair, Central Service Area Authority. She served as Advisory Committee Member with the Mental Health Oversight Advisory Committee (MHOAC) as well. She is an advocate for wellness.
The Multicultural Center is honored to have her as the artist of the month. She presents her poem titled Oh Woman of the Mist! –Woman Who Sits on the Rock published in the anthology Native Wisdom for White Minds, Daily Reflections Inspired by the Native Peoples of the World by Anne Wilson Schaef (Random House Publishing Group, 1995).
The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 265-3589.