Mary Jane Cedar Face
Professor – Library Science, Native American Studies Librarian
MLIS, Rutgers University; BA, Douglass College; MA and ABD, Rutgers University
Mary Jane has been at the SOU since 1993. Her efforts to acquire Native studies materials for Hannon Library have resulted in one of the strongest collections in the region, with more than 15,000 books, films, journals, and other resources. Mary Jane is available to assist students with their research.
Professor – Sociology-Anthropology
PhD Anthropology, University of Michigan; BA Anthropology, University of Washington
Jean helped facilitate the beginnings of Native American Studies at SOU in 1992, the first academic minor and then certificate program in the Oregon system of higher education. She was a faculty member in NAS until her retirement in 2016 and taught courses on Native North America and contemporary Native American issues. Jean also helped to bring into being Konaway Nika Tillicum, the Native American youth academy held annually at SOU since 1995. Jean currently serves on the Native American Advisory Council for NAS and is a member of the Oregon Indian Education Association.
Assistant Professor – Anthropology and International Studies
PhD and MA, Brown University; BA, Boston College
Dr. Phillips has been education writer and policy analyst for international development agencies, and has taught at several universities. He specializes in Latin American studies, including Native peoples, human and cultural rights, social change, studies of refugee populations. He he is a third generation descendant of Innu ancestors.
(Enrolled: Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
MA, Community Psychology, University of Alaska (Fairbanks), 1990; BA, Sociology, University of Oregon, 1981
David was the Native American Studies director at Southern Oregon University until his retirement in 2015.
David taught core courses in NAS, offering insight into both the historical perspectives as well contemporary Native American issues. His advocacy efforts for Native American Indian education in Oregon is evidenced by the success of Konaway Nika Tillicum, a residential Native American youth summer academy held on the University campus. This academy is a model program in Oregon and the West Coast. David is a member of the Oregon Indian Education Association, the National Indian Education Association, The National Congress of American Indians and serves as the institutional representative for the Southern Region with the Oregon Indian Coalition on Post Secondary Education.
(Wasco, Warm Springs, Yakima) (Enrolled: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)
Native Nations Liaison / Instructor – Retired
BA, Southern Oregon University
Brent is of Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs descent. He is a traditional storyteller, fancy dancer, and drummer as well as an actor, playwright, musician. Brent enjoys recruiting, teaching and working with Native youth and the community at large.
Contact the Native American Studies Program
SOU Native American Studies Program
Division of Humanities and Culture
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
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