Staff

Dr. Patti Jo King

Dr. Patti Jo King

Title: Interim Chair of American Indian Studies & Director of CAI
Email: kingp@bacone.edu

Dr. Patricia (Patti Jo) King is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.  An Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, she currently serves as Interim Chair of the Division of American Indian Studies and Director of the Center for American Indians.  Dr. King holds an Extended Bachelor of Science in U.S. History and a Master’s Degree in American West and American Indian History from Northern Arizona University, as well as a Ph.D. in American Indian, U.S. and British History from the University of Oklahoma.  She also holds a number of fellowships including the Bruce Granger Literature Fellowship; the Browning Pipestem Fellowship; and she is a Francis Allen American Indian Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

A member of Native American Journalist’s Association as well as Online Journalist’s Association, Professor King turned her attention to History after a long career as a journalist, activist, and community organizer and has worked with numerous tribal and urban Indian communities across Indian country.   She has over 40 years of experience working as a writer, editor, and publisher for both mainstream and the Native press.  In addition to her current duties in academia, she is a Southwest and Northern Great Plains Correspondent, News and Lifestyle Feature writer, and Arts Reviewer with Indian Country Today News Media.


Roseanna Hayes Spinks

Roseanna Hayes Spinks

Title: Manager of the KIVA and the Ataloa Lodge Museum Gift Shop

Roseanna Hayes Spinks came to Bacone College as a student for the 1958-59 school year.  She is of the Wintun tribe of northern California.  Roseanna began her employment with Bacone College in 1961 as a part-time employee in the cafeteria and progressed to full-time secretary in Public Relations in 1965.  When the office changed to Development, she became the Records Clerk in charge of the data entry of all gifts, writing acknowledgments, and reporting to the Director of Development and to the President.  As a representative of Bacone College, Roseanna traveled to conventions, setting up booths and speaking at various meetings throughout the country.  Currently, she is Manager of the KIVA, which houses the Center for American Indians at Bacone College, and manages the Gift Shop in the Ataloa Lodge Museum.  A highlight of her career has been giving tours of the campus and sharing her knowledge of the history of Bacone with alumni and visitors from around the world.


John Timothy II

John Timothy II

Title: Cultural Interpreter of the Ataloa Lodge Museum

John is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Before joining Bacone College in 2000, John served full-time as Staff Artist and Cultural Resources Officer for the Five Civilized Tribes Museum from 1994-2000. In 1998 John received sponsorship to attend the Oklahoma Arts Institute Masters Apprenticeship Program. In 1999, John was selected to be one of fifteen tribal members in the United States, Alaska and Hawaii to participate in study workshops on "American Indian Museum Leadership" held at the Smithsonian Institute, The U.S. National Archives, The U.S. Indian Arts and Crafts Board and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. That same year John was honored by the Chickasaw foundation for contributions to the American Indian Community and Cultural Preservation. In July of 2000, the Muscogee Nation requested he assist with the “Etowah Mound Repatriations Project” in Cartersville, Georgia.
John strives to create an authentic and welcoming environment for guests of the Ataloa Lodge Museum and continues preferring education over entertainment for cultural awareness and outreach programs.


Kindle Holderby

Title: Director of the Loraine Bacone Learning Work Community.

Connie Falleaf

Connie Falleaf

Title: Executive Administrative Assistant and Assistant Director, AISP

Connie is the great-granddaughter of Charlie Elk Hair, Lenape [Delaware], granddaughter of Sally Elk Hair Fall Leaf, Turtle Clan, and John Fall Leaf, and daughter of Richard Falleaf. She has studied at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus, the University of Arizona, Tucson, and Oklahoma City University. Connie holds a Local Pastor license through the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has volunteered more than two hundred hours at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Vertebrate Paleontology Lab) and to American Indian inmates detained in the women's division of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Former Coordinator of the Bartlesville Community Center's “Indian Summer Festival”, Connie's personal interests are contemporary American Indian art, French Impressionist art, American Indian history and literature, travel, smooth jazz, interior decorating and landscape design.