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Sequoyah Research Center

Selene G. Phillips

Selene G. Phillips, Wabigonikewikwe, is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Nation. She holds a Ph. D. from Purdue University in American Studies with emphasis in Native American studies, communication law and journalism. She has been a humanities scholar for the Great Plains Chautauqua Society with which she presented a first-person characterization of Sacagawea. Her chapter, “Surviving Cultural Suppression: Sharing and Transferring Ojibwe Identity in Lac du Flambeau,” documents how cultural identity is socially constructed for Ojibwe people, especially Ojibwe women, on the Wisconsin reservation. It appears in From Generation to Generation by Wendy Leeds Hurwitz.

Dr. Phillips research on the precursor for one of today’s premier Native American newspapers, News From Indian Country, appears in the book, Papers of the Thirty-first Algonquian Conference. Her other research interests focus on Native American newspapers, First Amendment issues and communication law. She has taught classes in communication law, popular culture and journalism at Purdue University and as a visiting professor in the School of Communication at the University of North Dakota. She has served on the Indiana Governor’s Native American Council; on the Indiana University School of Journalism Alumni Association Board; as a contributing editor to the Community Times in Lafayette, Indiana; and on the Lafayette YWCA board of directors. She co-founded Clean Air Now Lafayette, an environmental organization dedicated to fighting air and noise pollution, and she worked with the UNITY Journalists of Color, Inc. mentor program.

Dr. Phillips currently serves on the American Native Press Archives National Advisory Board. Previously she has worked as a television news anchor, a radio and television news reporter and producer, a communications specialist for Purdue University’s Affirmative Action Office, a business writer and publicist for Purdue University’s News Service, and a vocational counselor and job developer for the American Indian Business Association. She is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville.

Updated 3.25.2009