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About Grant Arndt

Grant Arndt is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and American Indian studies at Iowa State University. He published his first book, Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition in 2016. Other recent publications include articles on the politics of settler colonial perception in American Ethnologist (2016), on American Indian media activism in Comparative Studies in Society and History (2015), Settler Colonialism Studies (2013), and American Ethnologist (2010), and on American Indian autobiography in Ethnohistory (2012).

2016. Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition. Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press.
1998  Native Chicago (co-edited with Terry Straus). Chicago: McNaughton and Gunn, Inc.
Articles & Book Chapters
2016. "Settler Agnosia: Indigenous Action, Functional Ignorance, and the Origins of Ethnographic Entrapment " American Ethnologist. Vol. 43, No. 3: 465-474.
2015. "Voices and Votes in the Fields of Settler Society: American Indian Media and Electoral Politics in 1930s Wisconsin." Comparative Studies in Society and History. Vol. 57, No. 3.
2014. "The Emergence of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race and Culture in Native North America." Reviews in Anthropology. Vol. 43, 79-105.
2013 "Mediating Indigeneity: Ho-Chunk 'Indian News'as a Critique of the Legacies of Settler Colonialism." Settler ColonialismStudies. Vol. 3, No. 2, 202–213.
2012  “Autobiography en Abyme: Indigenous Reflections on Representational Agency in the Case of Crashing Thunder.” Ethnohistory Vol. 59, No. 1.
2010 “The making and muting of an indigenous media activist: Imagination and ideology in Charles Round Low Cloud’s ‘Indian News’.” American Ethnologist, Vol. 37, No. 3.
2009  “Indigenous Agendas and Activist Genders: Chicago’s American Indian Center, Social Welfare, and Native American Women’s Urban Leadership.” Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women’s Activism in Urban Communities. Edited by Susan Applegate Krouse and Heather Howard.
2005" Ho-Chunk ‘Indian Powwows’ of the Early Twentieth Century." In Powwow. Edited by Clyde Ellis, Luke Eric Lassiter, and Gary H. Dunham. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
2002  “Relocation’s Imagined Landscape and the Rise of Chicago’s Native American Community.” In Native Chicago. Edited by Terry Straus. Second Edition. Chicago: Albatross Press. [See 1998 (below)]
1998 “Mapping the Move from Reservation to City: Relocation’s Imagine Landscapes and the Rise of Chicago’s NativeAmerican Community.” In Native Chicago. Edited by Terry Straus and Grant P. Arndt. Chicago: McNaughton and Gunn, Inc.
1998“‘Contrary to Our Way of Thinking’: The Struggle for an American Indian Center in Chicago.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Vol. 22, No. 4

Recent Conference and Seminar Presentations (selected)
2017a. "Action Anthropology and Anthropological Engagements with Indigeneity: Nancy Oestreich Lurie, Ho-Chunk Reorganization, and the concept of the “Articulatory Movement.” American Society for Ethnohistory, Manitoba, CA.
2017b   "Rediscovering Nancy Oestreich Lurie’s Activist Anthropology. Roundtable presentation for "Voicing the Ancestors: Readings for the Present from Anthropology's Past." American Anthropological Association. Washington D.C.
2017c    Lecture: “Ho-Chunk “Indian News” and the Ends of Indigenous Media: Commensurating, Commodifying, Critiquing.”  Lecture Series “Commodifications,” Anthropology Institute, Leipizg University, Leipzig, Germany.

2018. [Obituary Essay] Nancy Oestreich Lurie (1924-2017). American Anthropologist. Vol.130, No. 2: 383-386.
2008. “Ho-Chunk Powwows: Innovation and Tradition in a Changing World.” The Wisconsin Magazine of History.


Present Associate Professor of Anthropology, Iowa State University Department of World Languages and Cultures
Faculty Member, Iowa State University American Indian Studies Program
Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Anthropology

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Contact Information

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505 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011-2103


Peer-Reviewed Articles (6)

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