Cornel Pewewardy

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche-Kiowa)                 

is a Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. His research explores Native American mascots in schools and media, recruiting/retention of Native students in higher education, Indigenous teaching praxis, Indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education, tribal colleges/universities, transformational Indigenous schools, Indigenous identity (de)construction, Indigenous community-based participatory research methods, and ethnomusicology (digitizing tribal music). Dr. Pewewardy develops courses that emphasize and explores a pedagogy of resistance that can be applied across disciplines: Insurgent Research (Decolonizing Methodologies), Tribal Critical Race Theory, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Red Power, Culturally Responsive Teaching Indigenous Students, Power & Knowledge, Self-determination Sustainability, and the Politics of Indigeneity. He is on the Executive Committee for the newly created School of Gender, Race and Nations at PSU.

In his professional career, Professor Pewewardy has received numerous transformational leadership awards in teaching, research and service. This academic year, Dr. Pewewardy received the 2016 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award at PSU and 2015 Patricia Whitefoot Education Award with the Potlatch Fund in Seattle, WA. Also in 2015, Pewewardy was the recipient of the Silver Anniversary Award (25 years of service) from the National Association for Multicultural Education as well as selected NAME’s 2011 winner of their Multicultural Research Award.

Dr. Pewewardy sings Southern Plains powwow songs, composes songs and plays the Native American flute. His music is recorded on Sound of America Records (SOAR), Music of the World, Shortwave Records, and Smithsonian Institute.


TEDTALK: Walk a Mile in my Redface



PDXTALKS: Fearless Advocate -- Cornel Pewewardy


Contact Information:

PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751
Parkmill Building Rm. 150