ITGHS to feature Navajo professor

farina king

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society will be held Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. near the Ballenger Genealogy Room on the second floor of the Northeastern State University John Vaughan Library.

The scheduled speaker is Dr. Farina King, assistant professor of history at NSU, as well as an affiliate of the Cherokee and Indian Studies Department at NSU.

She is a Navajo citizen born within The Tower House Clan of the Diné. Her maternal grandfather was Euro-American and her paternal grandfather was "Tsinaakjinii" (Black Streak Woods People Clan) of the Diné.

King was born and raised in the Navajo Nation as a young child. Her family later moved to Maryland. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in U.S. history from Arizona State University; her Master of Arts in African history from the University of Wisconsin; and her Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in Utah, with a double major in history and French studies.

King specializes in 20th century Native and American studies. She authored a book titled, "The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Educational Experiences in the 20th Century," which was published in 2018 by the University Press of Kansas.

King's list of interaction with the public while giving guest lectures, hosting conferences or other areas of participation in various states around the country can be found on her website, Her goal is to make a difference in the world through her work and relationships through community outreach and service.

King's upcoming program is titled "Exploring Silences of Family History: My Diné and New Mexican Ancestors." Visitors are always welcome and the program is presented at the beginning of the meeting, which allows guests who do not wish to participate in the business meeting an earlier exit.

Those wishing to pursue their family genealogy will find the Ballenger Genealogy Room open Monday afternoons from 2 to 5:00 p.m. when NSU is in session.

There is no charge to attend meetings or make use of the Ballenger Room and its wealth of information.

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