Michael J. Yellow Bird, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Director, Indigenous Tribal Studies
Office: Minard 428C18
Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1994
MSW, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1980
BSW, Social Work, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 1979
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara). He joined the NDSU faculty in the fall of 2014. He has held faculty and/or academic administrative appointments at the University of British Columbia, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, and Humboldt State University. He is Professor and Director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at North Dakota State University.
His teaching, writing, research, and community work focus on Indigenous Peoples’ health, leadership, and cultural rights; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing social work approaches; decolonizing war and military service; neurodecolonization and mind body approaches; neuroscience and Indigenous Peoples; traditional mindfulness and contemplative practices; ancestral and paleo eating and lifestyle; and the Rights of Mother Earth.
Gray, M., Coates, J., Yellow Bird, M., and Hetherington, T. (2013) (Eds.). Decolonizing Social Work. Ashgate Publishing.
Waziyatawin and Michael Yellow Bird. (2012) (Eds.). For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook. School of American Research. Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Press.
Gray, M., Coates, J., and Yellow Bird, M. (2008) (Eds). Indigenous Social work Around the World: Towards Culturally Relevant Education and Practice. Ashgate Publishing.
Angela Wilson and Michael Yellow Bird. (2005). (Eds). For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook. School of American Research. Santa Fe Press. (Finalist for the New Mexico best book on Native American subject, October, 2007).
Sample of writings:
Yellow Bird, M. (September 4 – 7, 2014). Decolonizing Indigenous Peoples’ Trauma, Addiction, and Social Change. The John Van Duzer Auditorium. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.
Yellow Bird, M. (2013). Preface. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through Indigenous eyes. In Mel Gray, John Coates, Michael Yellow Bird, and Tiani Hetherington (Eds), Decolonizing Social Work. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.
Yellow Bird, M. (2013). Neurodecolonization: Applying Mindfulness Research to Decolonizing Social Work. In Mel Gray, John Coates, Michael Yellow Bird, and Tiani Hetherington (Eds.). Decolonizing Social Work. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.
Yellow Bird, M (2013). Returning to a Paleo Native Peoples’ Lifestyle to Cure the Diseases of the Standard American Colonized Diet. Minding the Indigenous Mind. MHA Times. Three Affiliated Tribes. New Town, ND.
Yellow Bird, M. (October 5, 2012). Decolonizing Settler Colonial Views of Indigenous Peoples’ Suicide. Walking in Balance in Indian Country conference. Blue Lake Hotel and Casino. Blue Lake, California.
Yellow Bird, M. (2012). The Importance of Decolonizing Your Mind To Understand and Embrace Your Tribal Identity. A Presentation to Indigenous Youth. Arcata Hotel, Arcata California
Yellow Bird, M. (2012). A BROWN PAPER on the Iraq War and the Resurrection of Traditional Principles of Just War. In Waziyatawin and Michael Yellow Bird (Eds.). For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook. School of American Research. Santa Fe, MN: SAR Press.
Johnson, J., & Yellow Bird. (2011). Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival. In Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary Link (Eds.), Handbook of International Social Work. New York, NY: Oxford Press.
Kurtis, T., Adams, G., & Yellow Bird, M. (2010). Generosity or Genocide? Identity Implications of Silence in American Thanksgiving Commemorations. In Monisha Pasupathi and Kate C. McLean (Eds.). Silence and Memory. Memory. Psychology Press.
Yellow Bird, M. (2009). What is the Highest Form of Patriotism? I Say Acknowledging our Addiction to War. Canadian Review of American Studies, Volume 39, Number 3, 2009, pp. 343-360
Yellow Bird, M. (2008). The Future of American Indian Studies in the time of Global Warming. Wicazo Sa Review, 23, (2) 91-101.
Yellow Bird, M. Decolonizing Tribal Enrollment (pp. 179-188). In Waziyatawin Angela Wilson and Michael Yellow Bird. (2005). (Eds). For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook. School of American Research Press. Santa Fe, NM.
Yellow Bird, M. (Fall, 2004). Cowboys and Indians: Toys of Genocide, Icons of American Colonialism. Wicazo Sa Review, 19, no 2.