April Lindala (Grand River Six Nations) has lived in Marquette since 1988 when she first attended Northern Michigan University as an undergraduate. She completed her bachelors' degree in speech communication with a minor in Native American Studies in 1997. [photo credit: NMU Alumna Marlee Gunsell]
April obtained a master's degree in English in 2003. Her M.A. 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.” She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture at Michigan Technological University.
April has been employed 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). 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, her final day as director of the Center for Native American Studies is June 30, 2019. In Fall of 2019, she will be recognized at rank of Full Professor.
She 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.
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.
- 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 dance and sing 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.
In the fall 2019, April will teach NAS 204-50 (online) and NAS 320-01/60 (ZOOM online). Watch for syllabi here closer to August 21, 2019.
Office: 112 Whitman Hall