Grace Chaillier

Grace is a registered tribal citizen of the Sicangu Lakota band of the Rosebud Sioux whose reservation is located in south central South Dakota. She earned her baccalaureate degree in English with a minor in Native American Studies in December 2002 from NMU and her master's degree in English Literature in May of 2004 also from NMU. She continued her education at Northern and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a terminal master’s degree, with a focus on creative nonfiction graduating with her third degree from NMU in May of 2008.

She began her higher education instruction career in the summer of 2004 at Ferris State University by creating and teaching a course titled Native American Literature. She started teaching the NAS 204: Native American Experience course at NMU in January of 2005 and has taught it almost every semester since then. She wrote the curriculum for and continues to teach two courses whose titles are: NAS 315: History of Indian Boarding School Education and NAS 422: American Indian Humor. She also teaches NAS 414: First Nations Women, a course created by April Lindala, the CNAS Director.

Grace worked for three years during her undergraduate schooling as a peer mentor in the Gateway Academic Program. She was a longtime member of the Native American Student Association, volunteered at the former American Indian Coordinating Council, the Native American Student Empowerment Initiative, the annual Learning to Walk Together Powwow, the annual First Nations Food Taster, and as a writer and copy editor for Anishinaabe News.

She was the recipient of two Graduate Assistantships – one for the 2005 Sweetgrass Cinema Inaugural Native American Film Festival and one for the 2006 UNITED Diversity Conference both of which were held at NMU and she has attended, presented at, and/or volunteered at more than a dozen other conferences across the United States. She was a King*Chavez*Parks Future Faculty Fellow and a Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) Teachers for the Dream associate. She has been a longtime NMU Coalition for Contingent Faculty and AAUP Committee C member and serves her department and colleagues on several additional committees.

One of Grace's most recent accomplishments is the publication of Voice on the Water:  Great Lakes Native America Now.  Voice is an anthology collaboration of over 80 artists, authors, and writers. Grace coordinated the publication and promotion of this two and a half year project and, along with NMU editor, Rebecca Tavernini, edited the 252-page book.


Course syllabus:

F18 NAS 315 History of Indian Boarding School Education


Contact Grace:


Phone: 906-227-1397

Office: 112G Whitman Hall