Myaamia Center faculty affiliates Susan Mosley-Howard and Kate Rousmaniere have been studying the effect of self-identity on college success. They presented at the 2014 Myaamiaki Conference on their progress, and recently Miami University’s Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship wrote an article about their work.
“Rousmaniere and Mosley-Howard say the literature in the field shows the issue of self-identity is key to the college success of Native students globally, not just on the U.S. mainland, but also in Hawaii, New Zealand, and other societies.
“Even though we can’t say it’s a direct causal relationship,” says Mosley-Howard, “there’s evidence that students who are exposed to their cultural context – whatever it is – have more positive outcomes.”
Visit the OARS blog to read the article!
We are proud to announce the 6th biennial Myaamiaki Conference hosted at Miami University presenting research related to the Miami Tribe. The conference, titled “maamawi aanciniikiyankwi neehi aancihtaakiiyankwi: Together We Grow and Change” will be held at Miami University on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Visit the 2014 conference web page to register, find hotel information and see preliminary speaker information!
In February of 2013, Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma launched a joint effort called the Myaamia Center at Miami University. The new Myaamia Center will carry forward the work of language and cultural revitalization that began through the Myaamia Project 11 years ago.
A relationship born from the intersecting paths of their history, the Miami Tribe and Miami University are intrinsically linked through more than just the shared name — Miami. They are also linked through treaty and removal events that significantly altered the tribe’s future and continue to challenge the American story. Although past events cannot be altered, the realities of today are being shaped and molded by a willingness by both entities to reach out to a new generation of youth. This unique collaboration is captured in the Myaamia term used to express this relationship: neepwaantiinki “learning from each other.” According to Miami University President David Hodge: “Bound by our common roots, we seek to learn from and contribute to each other. We are very proud of our deep connections to each other.” Continue reading