Dina Gilio-Whitaker joins contributors to the Fourth World Eye with a background in American Indian culture, education and history with a Masters degree in Native American Studies and American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests emphasize decolonization theory, indigenous environmental justice, and international indigenous issues. As an undergraduate she graduated summa cum laude, and graduated with distinction from her master’s program.
Though she lives in Southern California Dina is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes where she lives as a freelance writer. She is a frequent op ed and story contributor to Indian Country Today news magazine, appeared on Huffington Post, Indianz.com and she is an accomplished essayist and American Indian artist.
She is deeply interested not only in how the processes of history has affected today’s American Indian people, but in how those processes play out in American history narratives. Histories are subject to change depending on the particular historical moment, who is telling the history, and for what reason. She says, “American historical narratives of American Indians have been incomplete but fortunately are being filled in by Native people themselves, giving a much more nuanced and accurate understanding of American history.” Dina’s contributions to the FWE promise to enlighten and inform readers.
We welcome Dina as a contributor to the Fourth World Eye and we also welcome Dina as a new Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies.