Patricia King

Title: Interim Division Chair and Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies
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Dr. Patricia (Patti Jo) King

Patti Jo King, PhD., is an Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of the American Indian Studies Department at Bacone College.  She holds an extended Bachelor of Science in U.S. History and a Master of Arts in American West History from Northern Arizona University, as well as a PhD in American Indian History from University of Oklahoma. 

Before turning her attention to History, Professor King worked as a journalist for over 40 years, and was an award-winning News and Lifestyle Feature Writer for both mainstream and Native press. Her doctoral dissertation, The Forgotten Warriors: Keetoowah Abolitionists, the Search for Modernity, and the Struggle for Autonomy in the Cherokee Nation, 1800-1866, focuses on the origins, rejuvination, and endurance of the Keetoowah Society in pre and post removal Cherokee Communities.  Her current research on the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians at Canton, South Dakota, explores the political roots of historic trauma during the Era of Assimilation.  Dr. King is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.

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