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Michelle Hale

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4603
Biography

Michelle Hale is Laguna, Chippewa, Odawa and a citizen of the Navajo Nation from Oak Springs, Arizona. She is assistant professor of American Indian Studies; senior sustainability scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability; and honors faculty for Barrett, the Honors College. Hale teaches Federal Indian Policy, Tribal Community Planning and Reservation Economic Development, and engages in teaching, research and publication partnerships with faculty from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Del E. Webb School of Construction. 

Professor Hale's scholarship examines issues of tribal governance, public policy, state-tribal relations, community development and planning. She is currently working on articles that explore state-tribal partnerships and co-management of natural resources in the Southwest and the role of Navajo women in grassroots activism and education for enhanced community development. An upcoming book for the University of Arizona press, Doing for Themselves: Navajo Community Development Through Localized Decision-Making and Planning, advocates for comprehensive planning practices and planning education that are tailored to the culture, history and needs of the Navajo people. A 2018 article, "The Navajo Local Governance Act (LGA): A Help or Hindrance to Grassroots Self-Government?" in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal explores capacity building, education and training needed to actualize localized community building on Navajo land.  Her chapter, "Empowered Sovereignty for Navajo Chapters Through Engagement in a Community Planning Process," in Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Vision of the Dine People reflects Hale's interdisciplinary approach and consideration of ways that community-based planning can Indigenize development process and policy to achieve culturally appropriate outcomes.

Hale coordinates internships and mentors students working on honors projects, thesis and dissertation research. A member of several national associations in American Indian and Indigenous studies, she also serves on the ASU University Senate and the College Senate for Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Education
  • Ph.D. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
  • M.A. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
  • B.A. Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona

 

Research Interests

Reservation Community and Economic Development

Land Use Planning

Community Engagement and Education in Planning Processes

Urban Development in Indian Areas

The Role of Non-Profit Organizations in Community Development

Civic Engagement and Public Policy

State-Tribal Relations and Collaborative Partnerships

Culturally Based Natural Resource Management

 

Publications

Works In Progress:

Book: Doing for Themselves: Navajo Community Development Through Localized Decision-Making and Planning, University of Arizona Press.

Peer-reviewed article, "The Untapped Potential of States and Local Government as Forest Co-Management Partners for Indian Nations: A Strategy for the Protection of Cultural Resources and Mindful Land-Use within Bears Ears National Monument," Society and Natural Resources.

Peer-reviewed article, "Dine Women - Building Community from the Ground Up: Profiles in Leadership," for the 14th annual Viola Cordova Memorial Symposium, University of New Mexico, 2018, Wicazo Sa Review, special issue.

Peer-reviewed article, "Tribal Community Planning: An Interdisciplinary Course Case Study," co-authored with K. David Pijawka, Planning Theory and Practice.

 

Available Publications

"The Navajo Local Governance Act (LGA): A Help or Hindrance to Grassroots Self-Government?" American Indian Culture and Research Journal 42, no. 1 (2018): 91-114.

"Empowered Sovereignty for Navajo Chapters through Engagement in a Community Planning Process," in Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Dine People, ed. Lloyd L. Lee (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017), 130.

Review of Hubbell Trading Post: Trade, Tourism, and the Navajo Southwest, by Erica Cottam, Pacific Historical Review (August 2017): 562-564.

Review of The Work of Sovereignty: Tribal Labor Relations and Self-Determination at the Navajo Nation, by David Kamper, Wicazo Sa Review (Spring 2013): 119-123.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 484Internship
AIS 492Honors Directed Study
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 484Internship
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 394Special Topics
AIS 484Internship
AIS 493Honors Thesis
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 484Internship
AIS 492Honors Directed Study
PUP 494Special Topics
AIS 494Special Topics
PUP 598Special Topics
AIS 598Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 484Internship
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 394Special Topics
AIS 484Internship
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 484Internship
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 484Internship
PUP 494Special Topics
AIS 494Special Topics
PUP 598Special Topics
AIS 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 484Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 394Special Topics
AIS 484Internship
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 484Internship
PUP 494Special Topics
AIS 494Special Topics
AIS 499Individualized Instruction
PUP 598Special Topics
AIS 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 180Intro/American Indian Studies
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AIS 285Federal Indian Policy
AIS 394Special Topics
AIS 590Reading and Conference
Presentations

“Modern Perspectives: Native Americans – They’re Just Like Us,” Department of Anthropology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (2017).

“Indian and Non-Indian Governmental Partnerships: Opportunities for Maximum Impact in Arizona” for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ (2017).

“Governance and Leadership Among America’s Indian Nations” for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ (2016).

“Navajo Elections” for ASU Labriola Center exhibit opening, Political Trailblazers.  Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (2014).

“Nation-Building Initiatives in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University,” Harvard University Native American Programs (HUNAP), Boston, MA (2013).

“The Future of Navajo Governance,” The Navajo Nation People’s Convention, Navajo Government Development, Window Rock, AZ (2012).

Diné Naachid: Modern Navajo Government and the Political Tradition of Local Control,” University of California Berkeley Canadian Studies, Berkeley, CA (2012).

 

Honors / Awards

ASU Learning Innovation Showcase, "Interdisciplinary Collaborative between AIS and Planning for Pedagogy Featuring Indian Economic Development" (2016)

President's Award for Innovation: First Innovation Initiative Teaching Collaborative (2011)
 

Professional Associations

American Indian Studies Association (AISA)

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)

Western Social Science Association (WSSA)

 

Service

ASU University Senate

ASU College Senate, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

Honors Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College

Senior Sustainability Scholar, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS)

American Indian Studies Curriculum Committee

American Indian Studies, Internship Coordinator

American Indian Studies Self Study and Program Review Committee (2016-2017)

Western Social Science Association (WSSA), section co-coordinator, American Indian Studies (2016-2018)

Board

Native American Connections (NAC), Board of Directors (2019-2021)

Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning and CEO Search Committees and Chair of the Grants Committee (2010-2017)

Morning Star Leaders, Board of Directors (2013-2016)