Faculty Profile

S. Neyooxet Greymorning

S. Neyooxet Greymorning


Email: neyooxet.greymorning@mso.umt.edu
Office: Native American Center 203F, Social Sciences 221
Office Hours:

Soc Sci Bldg 221: Tueday and Wednesday 1:00-2:30

NAC 203F: Monday and Wednesday 8:15- 9:15 & 11:30-12:30

Personal Website



  • Indian Culture as Expressed Through Language (NAS 201)
  • Indigenous Worldview Perspectives (NAS 231/ ANTH 231)
  • Contemporary Global Issues of Indigenous Peoples (NAS 306)
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Ethics of Development (ANTY 326E)
  • Indigenous Global Health and Healing (ANTY 433)
  • Introduction to Arapaho Language (ANTH/NAS 395)
  • Methods for Teaching Indigenous Languages (ANTY 476)

Personal Summary

Dr. Greymorning holds joint positions in Anthropology and Native American Studies. He is a political anthropologist who has conducted research among Indigenous peoples of Australia, Canada, Colombia S.A., New Zealand, E. Timor and the United States. Professor Greymorning's research interests include Native American language maintenance and restoration, Indigenous sovereignty issues and contemporary Native American issues.

Professor Greymorning’s academic career started at the University of Alberta where, from 1988 to 1992, he taught courses on linguistics, comparative Indian legislation and aboriginal self-government while writing his doctoral dissertation on "Indigenous Peoples and the Ethnocentrism of the Courts."  After receiving his Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1992, he served as the Director of the Arapaho Language and Culture Project for the Wyoming Indian Schools.  As a faculty member at the University of Montana since 1994, he has also lectured as a visiting scholar at Southern Cross University in Australia, 1997, 1999, 2003 & 2007, and during the 2001-2002 academic year he served as the Acting Director of the Indigenous Governance Programs at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.  While maintaining academic interests in Native sovereignty issues, his work in developing strategies toward Native language restoration has continued.  In this capacity Neyooxet serves as the Executive Director of Hinono'eitiit Ho’oowu' (Arapaho Language Lodge) in Wyoming, a position that has been instrumental in his development of a break-through method for second language instruction and acquisition called Accelerated Second Language Acquisition (ASLA).  Professor Greymorning has been named three times to Who's Who Among America’s College and University Teachers (1999, 2004, 2005).


Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

Research Interests

Indigenous sovereignty issues, contemporary Native American issues, Native American language retention in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Timor and the United States.

Field of Study

Focus: Indigenous sovereignty issues, contemporary Native American Issues, Native American language restoration and retention

Selected Publications

“The Potential Impact of the Midnite Mine on Cultural Resources and Activities of the Spokane Tribe”, co-authored with Gregory Campbell, Spokane Tribe, Wellpinit, Washington, 2009.


Book Publications

Being Indigenous. Routledge, 2019

Being Indigenous book cover

A Will To Survive; Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Language, Culture and Identity. McGraw-Hill Press, New York, 2004

A will to Survive book cover

Articles in Books

“Educating Indians; A Colonizing Agent of the United States of America.” In R. Craven, G. Bodkin-Andrews, and J. Mooney (Eds.), Indigenous Peoples: Education and Equity (pp. 119-138). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2012.

“Preserving Indigenous Languages,” in Cultural Anthropology13th edition, Haviland, Prins et al, Wadsworth, Belmont, California, 2010.

"What's in a Label? Native American Identity and the Rise of a Tradition of Racism" co-authored with Gregory Campbell. In American Indians Nations edited by George Horse Capture et al., AltaMira Press, Lanham, MD (2007) 22-28.

Introduction to A Will to Survive; Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Language, Culture and Identity edited by Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning. McGraw-Hill Press, New York: xiv-xxii.

"Culture and Language, Political Realities to Keep Trickster at Bay." In A Will to Survive; Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Language, Culture and Identity edited by Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning. McGraw-Hill Press, New York: 3-17.

"Fighting the Winds of Change, A Culture in Renaissance" co-authored with Darrell Kipp. In A Will to Survive; Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Language, Culture and Identity edited by Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning. McGraw-Hill Press, New York: 191-199.

"Hinono'eitiino'oowu' and the Work of Language Survival." In A Will to Survive; Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Language, Culture and Identity edited by Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning. McGraw-Hill Press, New York: 213-224.

"Reflections on the Arapaho Language Project or, When Bambi Spoke Arapaho and Other Tales of Arapaho Language Revitalization Efforts." In The Green Book of Language Revitalization in Practice, edited by Kenneth Hale and Leanne Hinton. Academic Press: 287-297, 2001.

"Observations on Response Towards Indigenous Cultural Perspectives as Paradigms in the Classroom." In Learn in Beauty: Indigenous Education for a New Century, edited by Jon Reyhner et al. 2000: 71-84. Northern Arizona University.

"Running the Gauntlet of an Indigenous Language Program". In Revitalizing Indigenous Languages, edited by J. Reyhner 1999: 6-16. Northern Arizona University.

"The Colonization of Indigenous North America." In Teaching Aboriginal Studies, edited by Rhonda Craven. Australia: Allen & Unwin 1999: 177-182.

"Going Beyond Words: The Arapaho Immersion Program." In Teaching Indigenous Languages, Jon Reyhner (Ed.) 1997: 22-30. Flagstaff, Arizona. Northern Arizona University.

"Arapaho." In Native America in the 20th Century: An Encyclopedia. Garland Publishing, New York, 1994.

Articles in Journals

"The Anglocentric Supremacy of the Marshall Court." Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2017April 27, 2017.

“Defining Culturally Safe And Inclusive Practice: Collaborative Efforts For Indigenous Frameworks In Higher Education,” Coauthored paper with Johnnie Aseron in Contemporary Issues in Education Research Journal Autumn issue, 2013.

 “Eighteen Years of Running a Language Gauntlet” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Brandon, Manitoba (Spring 2011) Vol. 31, No. 1.

Delaware Nation treaty” in Treaties with American Indians, edited by Donald Fixico, ABC-CLIO Press, Santa Barbara, California (2008).

"Fletcher v. Peck" in The Encyclopedia of American Indian History Bruce E. Johansen and Barry M. Pritzker, Editors, ABC-CLIO Press, Santa Barbara, Ca (2007) 526-527.

"Calder vs. Attorney General of British Columbia: Aboriginal Case Law in an Ethnobiased Court," in The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 2007.

"The Imperialism of Cultural Appropriation". In Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights and Freedoms: Knowledge and Learning Circle, UTS, Sydney, Australia, 1998.

"In the Absence of Justice; Aboriginal Case Law in an Ethnocentric Court," in The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 1997.

"Integrating an Aboriginal Perspective into the Classroom." In Aboriginal Studies Association Journal, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1993.


Sovereignty in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand: Ambiguities, Paradoxes and Possibilities for the Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 2012.

Native Acts: Law, Recognition and Cultural Authenticity By Joanne Barker. Durham, N.C. Duke University Press, 2011 for Western Historical Quarterly, 2012.

New Languages of the State; Indigenous Resurgence and the Politics of Knowledge in Bolivia by Bret Gustafson.  Durham, N.C.  Duke University Press, 2009, for Contemporary Sociology Review, 2010.
The Power of Promises: Rethinking Indian Treaties in the Pacific Northwest.  The Emil and Kathleen Sick Lecture-Book Series in Western History and Biography, 2009.  Edited by Alexandra Harmon.  (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.

Adjudicating Cultural Pluralism, Legislating Cultural Pluralism for the Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 2009.

The Arapaho Language, by Andrew Cowell with Alonzo Moss Sr., Bolder: University Press of Colorado, 2008, for Great Plains Research, vol 19, number 1, Spring 2009.

Deadliest Enemies, by Thomas Biolsi's in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London, United Kingdom, 2005.

America's Second Tongue: American Indian Education and the Ownership of English, 1860-1900. Ruth Spack, in Journal of American Ethnic History, 2004.

Ojibwa in and out of the Classroom: Models for Indigenous Language Programs within the University. Reviewed manuscript for Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 2004.

Spirit Wars: Native North American Religions in the Age of Nation Building, by Ronald Niezen, in Journal of Political Ecology case Studies in History and the Social Sciences, 2001.

Buffalo Culture, reviewed for Great Plains Quarterly, University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

Native Nations: Cultures and Histories of Native North America, by Nancy Bonvillain. Reviewed manuscript for Prentice-Hall, 2000.

For This Land, by Vine Deloria Jr. Routledge Press, in Transforming Anthropology, 1999.

History of the Plains Indian, by John C. Ewers. University of Oklahoma Press, in Ethnohistory, 1997.

We Are a People in This World, by Conger Beasley Jr. University of Arkansas Press, in Ethnohistory, 1996.


Distinguished Speaker Series, 2018

SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center

distinguished speaker series poster October 18, 2018

Specialized Skills

Sociocultural Anthropology; Political Anthropology; Language Revitalization and Maintenance; Native Health and Healing Practices

Home Department

Department of Anthropology; Department of Native American Studies 

Area of Expertise

Contemporary Native American Issues; Indigenous People's Sovereignty and Language Retention Issues

AIG Dept/College

College of Humanities and Sciences, Anthropology

College of Humanities and Sciences, Native American Studies

Teaching Experience

Awards: Life TIme Achievement Award (2017), Marquis Who's Who iin America (2020)

Who’s Who Among America’s College and University Teachers (1999, 2004, 2005)

Past Appointments: Southern Cross University, Australia (1997)
University of Alberta (1988-1992)

Acting Director – Indigenous Governance Programs – University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (2001-2002)