Director of Portland State’s Indigenous Nations Studies program, Professor Cornel Pewewardy is a nationally known expert on Native American mascots in schools and media as well as many areas related to indigenous education and culturally responsive education. Professor Pewewardy is Comanche-Kiowa and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to joining Portland State University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership and Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas as well as adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. Cornel’s excellence in the classroom was recognized by the National Indian Education Association, which named him its 2009 Teacher of the Year.

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