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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
Director, High Plains American Indian Research Institute
Tarissa.Spoonhunter@uwyo.edu | Crane Hall, Rm 208
PhD American Indian Studies, University of Arizona (2014)
MA American Indian Studies, University of Arizona (2001)
BA Social/Cultural Anthropology, University of Montana (1997)
As assistant professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and director of the High Plains American Indian Research Institute at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Spoonhunter is focused on sharing knowledge with other races and nationalities to build relationships to increase understanding—something that resides deep in her roots growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
At age nine, Spoonhunter was given the name Medicine Beaver Woman by her people, a name she remembers feeling came with a great deal of responsibility. Spoonhunter carried that responsibility throughout her life accomplishments. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and a Master of Arts and a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. She earned awards from the National Science Foundation, published numerous research papers, and has presented at national conferences.