July 7-9, 2011
Dr. Tom Holm will deliver the Vine Deloria, Jr. Address at the Sixth Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium to be held at Northwest Indian College, July 7-9, 2011. Dr. Holm is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and is also of Muskogee Creek descendent. He has been involved in American Indian education for over thirty-five years, active in Native American veteran’s affairs, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation’s Sequoyah Commission. Holm served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam from 1967-68. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and has been a professor of American Indian Studies and Political Science at the University of Arizona since 1980 until his retirement in 2009. Before that, Holm taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the years he has won several teaching and mentoring awards and has published more than fifty books, articles, book chapters, reviews, editorials, and review essays. In 1996, his book Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls was a finalist for the Victor Turner prize. His recent academic work, The Great Confusion in Indian Affairs, was released by the University of Texas Press in 2005. Warriors and Code Talkers: Native Americans in World War II, a book for high school-aged youths, was published in 2007. Holm’s first novel, The Osage Rose, appeared in 2008. He and his wife, Ina, have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren and live in Tucson, Arizona.
Tom Holm was a close personal friend and colleague of Vine Deloria, Jr. for many years.