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The Genius of Dr. Tiya Miles

University of Michigan professor recently won a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award

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That work is a fascinating look back at a little-known intersection of our nation’s history: that Native Americans enslaved African Americans, and that many Afro-Indian children were born. 

Though this has been romanticized, the Cherokee Nation fought membership of former slaves after signing an 1866 treaty with the U.S. government promising compensation to all members, including freed slaves. 

The conflict continues today; the Cherokee Nation recently ousted African-American members who could not prove citizenship, and therefore could not vote in tribal elections or receive benefits. 

“This ongoing conflict highlights the tension between groups that are vying for resources when the U.S. government holds the purse strings,” says Miles, professor American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History and Native American Studies.

To resolve this, Miles strives in her teaching, research, writing and personal life to create a bridge that celebrates harmony between African Americans, Native Americans and all of humanity.

In doing so, her passion for Black-Indian relations extends far beyond the classroom. As an Afro-American Studies major at Harvard University, she met her husband, Dr. Joseph Gone, who is Native American and a University of Michigan professor of Psychology, American Culture and Native American Studies.

They are raising twin daughters, Nali and Noa, 8, and son Sylvan, 3, with immersion in both cultures.

“It’s really important for them to be around their brown-skinned family members so they get a sense of balance that they fit into both places,” says Miles, who earned a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Emory University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2000.

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