Potlatch Fund is pleased to announce the 2015 Leadership Honoring
Award for Education will go to Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche/Kiowa).
Dr. Pewewardy is Professor/Director of the Indigenous Nations Studies
Program at Portland State University. He designed and teaches the
course Culturally Responsive Teaching for American Indian/Alaska
Formerly an elementary school teacher and principal, he consults
with urban school districts and reservation schools across the United
States. Prior to joining Portland State University, he was the doctoral
faculty at the University of Kansas and was the fi rst Academic
Dean of Comanche Nation College.
Dr. Pewewardy engages postcolonial Indigenous research paradigms
by exploring Native American mascots in schools and addressing access
and retention of American Indian students in higher education. He
has a profound belief in the power of Indigenous education and in
the power of higher education and has dedicated his professional
life to bringing those two forces together in order to improve both.
He has been described by a colleague as an educator to the depths
of his soul - every situation providing a learning opportunity.
Dr. Pewewardy will receive his award at the Potlatch Fund's
Annual Fundraising Gala on November 7, 2015. For more information
about the Fundraising Gala and to purchase tickets please see the
Dr. Cornel Pewewardy is PI of the American Indian Teacher Program.
He designed and teaches the new courses Culturally Responsive Teaching
for American Indian/Alaska Native Students and Insurgent Research
and Indigenous Education. He has consulted with urban school districts
and reservation schools across the USA. Prior to coming to PSU,
he was on doctoral faculty at the University of Kansas, and was
the fi rst Dean of Academic Instruction at the Comanche Nation College.
Professor Pewewardy engages postcolonial Indigenous research paradigms
by exploring Native American mascots in schools, access and retention
of American Indian students in higher education, Indigenous epistemologies
and pedagogies, culturally responsive teaching praxis, critical
multicultural education, Indigenous urban and reservation-based
teacher education, tribal college partnerships and collaborations
with mainstream universities, Indigenous early college high schools,
tribal identity (de)construction, Indigenous decolonization and
resurgence, and ethnomusicology (digitizing unrecorded tribal songs
of the Southern Plains).
In his professional career, Dr. Pewewardy has received numerous
transformational leadership awards in teaching, research and service.
Dr. Pewewardy was named the 2012 John Eliot Allen Outstanding
Teacher Award given by the College of Liberal Arts and Science at
Portland State University. In 2011 he was selected the Carl A. Grant
Multicultural Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural
Education; voted the 2011 Presidents Diversity Award from
Portland State University; and named the 2011 Teacher of the Year
by the Oregon Indian Education Association.
In 2009 Cornel was selected the Teacher of the Year by the National
Indian Education Association; 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year
by the Oregon Indian Education Association; and 2009 Outstanding
Role Model at the 2nd Annual Oklahoma Native American Students in
Higher Education Conference. In 2007 Pewewardy received the Mike
Charleston Research Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous
Education by the American Education Research Association and 2005
Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award also by AERA.
Professor Pewewardy seeks to bring decolonizationing frameworks
and Indigenous ways of knowing approach to any classroom, valuing
the learners' experience and insights. His belief in collaboration
has led to work with several learning communities, including multicultural
cross-curricular teams, networks for culturally responsive teaching
practices, and curriculum design teams. He is known for his effective
teaching methods and has presented throughout the country.
Cornel is currently involved in efforts to improve local K-12
American Indian educational outcomes in Oregon and Washington. He
is a consultant to the Native American Community Academy-Inspired
Schools Network in Albuquerque, NM in partnership with the W.K.