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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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Every summer, they return to her husband’s home reservation in Montana, where their children were baptized in their great-grandmother’s church. They also attend the Milk River Powwow, an annual homecoming for many people of Indian descent who are also Caucasian and African American.

“Our children can see people who are African American and Native American, and that makes a tremendous difference for mixed race children to see other mixed race people and see that they fit.”

Miles says summer trips also enable the children to experience “a slice of what I had growing up as a black girl in Cincinnati. They do things with my relatives, attend a black Baptist church, and go to vacation bible school.”

The family has also joined Miles’ mother at the National Black Theatre Festival in Salem, N.C., where children’s activities included African drumming performances.

Miles’ multicultural family enhances her sensitivity and ability to research, write about and teach historical relations over many centuries between African Americans and Native Americans.

“Her class definitely was the most impactful—hands down, during my entire education—in terms of helping me understand the research process and wanting to participate in it,” says Joy Greenwood, 32, who took Blacks, Indians and the Making of America and served as Miles’ research assistant in 2003.

“Tiya’s warmth and her seriousness combined was very inviting to me in terms of really wanting to be an academic,” says Greenwood, a Detroit native and MBA student at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, who is applying for doctoral programs.

“I was really blown away by the information I learned from her. I had a romanticized version of African-American and Native American relations.”

But while working with Miles on her first book, Greenwood learned those relations were hardly harmonious.

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