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renée holt

renee holt

renée holt

Clearinghouse on Native Teaching & Learning
Pullman Campus
Cleveland Hall 27B
Pullman, WA 99164


Project Director/Clinical Faculty
  • Titooqan Cuukweneewit Community Learning Project
  • PhD, Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education, Washington State University, 2016
  • M.A, History, University of Idaho, 2001
  • B.S. Political Science and History, Lewis-Clark State College, 1999
Research Interests and Writing

As an emerging Indigenous scholar-(activist) educator, my work is grounded in an epistemological worldview as a Dine and Nimiipuu woman. Striving to create spaces of change, in a system that has not celebrated the unique cultures of Indigenous people, who are not monoliths, times are changing and outside of being racially stereotyped as historical relics, I begin with challenging myself to work through the intersectionalities of being in solidarity with Black, LatinX, Muslim, and LGBQT communities. (hooks, 2014[1984] & 1994). Realizing that solidarity may not be welcome. Consequently, through Indigenous education research and methodologies, it has been proven that scholarly works that move within Indigenous communities must include the active participation, voices, and narrative of Indigenous people. It must also be inclusive and reflective of the many voices that tend to be silenced. (Smith, 2012; Meyer, 2001) As a mother, my children attend Washington state public schools and my interests can be found in helping local public schools with in-service teacher professional development and pre-service teacher education in an effort to address racialized stereotypes, misconceptions, with the practice of a culturally responsive education (Brayboy, 2006 & 2000). To help create spaces of change, as  Project Director for a Native Teacher Professional Development Grant I address historical effects of settler colonialism, the unhealed pain of unresolved historical grief and traumas associated with it; and the erasure of Indigenous people, our education systems, and societies by Western education. Research has proven that erasure and systemic oppression continues to affect Indigenous communities and ultimately Native student learners in the classroom. (Battiste, 2013 & 2002; Kanu, 2005) The direct correlation of the historical issues related to settler colonialism has also resulted in the erasure of the historical violence and racism that continues to persist among Indigenous communities today. Through an Indigenous epistemology (and ancestral knowledge) passed down from my grandmothers, my interests work to address settler-colonialism’s deep, historical effect on Indigenous people.

Current Writings in Preparation

Culturally Responsive Education

Currently developing a journal article on culturally responsive education related to the Washington State Office of Public Instruction Since Time Immemorial curriculum.  This research draws from my dissertation research, an Indigenous Inquiry on Culturally Responsive Curriculum.  Influenced by an Indigenous woman educator who started it all, this article continues with the story of how the Since Time Immemorial curriculum got started from inception, introduction, implementation, and lastly, to being passed legislatively with funding.

Anti-blackness in Indigenous Communities

This conceptual scholarly works to address how solidarity between Indigenous and Black communities must also address anti-blackness before solidarity can be achieved. Offering solutions from first steps to practice, this article is in development.

Indigenous Women Collective

Currently developing a manuscript documenting the women from Standing Rock and Indigenous women from throughout Indian country, the manuscript is an archive that includes all who stood with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

Presentations upcoming and most recent past

  • April, 2017, Washington State Indian Education Association, Keynote, “Reclaiming Indigenous Education While Deconstructing Western Education Systems”
  • April, 2017, American Education Research Association (AERA), invitation to special session, Supporting Schools in ‘Unexpected’ Places: Standing Rock and Chicago Freedom Square”
  • April, 2016, Washington State University Center for Women’s Studies, Keynote, “Celebrating National Women’s History Month, How to Work from Margin to Center” Pullman, WA.
  • March, 2016, Nez Perce National Historical Park, Teacher Educators Workshop Presentation on culturally responsive education, Spalding, ID

Courses Taught

  • CES 372: Indigenous Women in Traditional and Contemporary Societies, Washington State University, 2015-Present
  • CMST 101: Introduction to Communication, Northwest Indian College (NWIC), 2016 – Present
  • CSOV 130: Icons of Our Past, NWIC, 2017-Present
  • CSOV 120: Reclaiming Our History, NWIC, 2016 – Present
  • EDU 202: Educating Our Own, NWIC, 2016 – Present
  • POLS 225: History of Federal Indian Policy, NWIC, 2016 – Present

Tribal Affiliations

Dine and Nimiipuu with Lenape descent


Washington State University