April Lindala

April_Portrait_2017_1_of_1_medium.jpgK'chi miigwech/Great thanks for visiting and your interest in Native American Studies at NMU.

Here are the syllabi for Professor Lindala's winter 2020 NAS courses. DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, all students have been moved to the Zoom video platform for the remainder of the semester.

NAS 404 Research and Engagement in Native American Studies

NAS 488 Native American Community Engagement

Here are the research and creative projects Professor Lindala is engaged in currently.

  • Serving Native Survivors Circle [OVC grant] (with colleagues from the NMU Social Work department)
  • Ancestral Knowledge towards Sustainable Computing [ NSF grant] (with colleagues from Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and California)
  • Co-Editors of Creative Works anthology (with Ron Riekki) 

Professor April Lindala has lived in Marquette since 1988 when she first attended Northern Michigan University as an undergraduate. She earned a B.S. degree in speech communication with a minor in Native American Studies in 1997. April earned a M.A. degree in English in 2003.  Her thesis was titled, “Voices I Color.” In 2006 she obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in English with a concentration in creative non-fiction writing. Her thesis was titled, “Relations.” [photo credit: NMU Alumna Marlee Gunsell]

She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture from the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Her broad areas of research include cinematic studies, critical theory, documentary theory and production, media studies, and representation. More specifically she is interested in discussions pertaining to representation of Indigenous people that reinforce Gerald Vizenor's concept of survivance and Michelle Raheja's definition of visual sovereignty.  

April has been a full-time employee at NMU since February 1993. Her first full-time position was at WNMU-TV13 as the community outreach specialist. April moved to the Center for Native American Studies as an admissions counselor in August 1998. From September 2000-September 2004, she was the assistant director of Diversity Student Services (now known as MERC) under the direction of (Coach) Bill Hill. In January 2005, she began serving as the interim director of the Center for Native American Studies and was hired permanently in May 2007. In 2013, she earned rank of Associate Professor. After 13+ years of rewarding, exciting (and sometimes frustrating) work, her final day as director of the Center for Native American Studies was June 30, 2019. In Fall of 2019, she earned rank of Full Professor.

April has had several poems published in various anthologies and publications.  She was the project director and assistant editor for the anthology, Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now published by NMU Press. The book also features two of her poems. Here is a brief list of other accomplishments.

Recent Publications

Lindala, A. (2017) For the Healing of All Women. And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing 1917-2017. Edited by Ronald Riekki. Michigan State University Press

Lindala, A. & Hasek, S. (2016) Co-author of book Chapter – “Hearing the Heartbeat: Environmental Cultural Values Found in the Lyrics of Native Songwriters” Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop. The University of Arizona Press.

Federal Grants Received

Lindala, A. & Wyche, A. (2017) Lead Principal Investigator. Awarded Department of Justice-Office for Victims of Crime. OVC FY17 Development Future Victim Specialists for Indian Country. Funded $449,944 (full amount) for the Serving Native Survivors Circle project. Project # 2017 VR GX-K026.

Lindala, A., Cruz, J., & Reinhardt, M. (2016) Lead Principal Investigator. Awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES pilot program. Funded $299,941 (full amount) for the Indigenous Women Working within the Sciences project. Project # 1649082. First cohort of grantees.

Lindala, A. & Martin, G. (2012) Lead Principal Investigator. Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant. Funded $22,000 (partial amount) for the Creating and Learning Arts in Native Settings project. Collaborative project with Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

Community Service

  • Great Lakes Recovery Advisory Council (served as secretary for part of the time)
  • American Indian Coordinating Council
  • MAPS Title VII Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee
  • Marquette Area Blues Society (founding President)
  • NMU Alumni Board
  • Women's Center of Marquette Board
  • Northern Options board
  • City of Marquette Arts & Culture committee (where she served as chair for two years)

When she finds personal time, April loves to travel to different communities to dance at pow wows in the upper Great Lakes region. She enjoys doing beadwork, cooking, watching films, listening to blues music, and spending time with her husband, Walt.

Contact April:

E-mail: alindala@nmu.edu

Phone: 906-227-1397 <--- Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, please contact me through email.

Office: 112 Whitman Hall  <--- Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, please contact me through email.

Curriculum Vitae [updated March 2020]