Speakers of the Commemoration

Daniel K. Richter is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History and the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. His research and teaching focus on Colonial North America and on Native American history before 1800. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught previously at Dickinson College and the University of East Anglia. His most recent publication is Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts (Harvard University Press, 2011). His first book, The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization (University of North Carolina Press, 1992), won the 1993 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians and the 1993 Ray Allen Billington Prize, Organization of American Historians, and was selected a 1994 Choice Outstanding Academic Book.

Joanne Weinholtz is a culture teacher at the Tuscarora School near Lewiston, N.Y. She earned her BA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Business, and her MA in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She worked in industry as a Marketing Specialist for the Corborundrum Company and as a Business Development Representative for Manufacturers and Traders Trust Bank before beginning her career as a teacher. She is currently in her twenty-sixth year of teaching.

Neil Patterson, Jr. is founder and director of the Tuscarora Nation’s Environment Program and a member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force since 1992. Patterson has a B.S. in Environmental Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF, 1996. His environmental research interests include the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for environmental decision making, incorporating indigenous knowledge, and biomass development. His personal interests include fishing, hunting and backpacking.

Larry E. Tise is Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University. He completed a B.A. and Master of Divinity at Duke University and a doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests range from flight to fascism to the world of Sir Walter Raleigh, John White, and Thomas Harriot. He was among the founders of the National Council for Public History.

Chad Ross is a Visiting Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. He earned his doctorate in 2003 at the University of Missouri in Columbia under the direction of Jonathan Sperber. His training is as a German historian and his revised dissertation has been published by Berg Press under the title Naked Germany. Naked Germany, generally is about the uses of the body in Germany between 1900-1950.

Vince Schiffert is a decorated Tuscarora Nation lacrosse player who currently coaches field lacrosse and wrestling at Niagara Wheatfield high school. He also coaches an all-Iroquois travel team called “Iroquois Western Door.” He teaches the Tuscarora Language at the Tuscarora School to grades 3rd – 6th, as well as two social studies electives: “Native Studies” and “Contemporary Indigenous Issues” at Niagara Wheatfield.

Jolene Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is currently a recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant and is conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty. Her recent essays include “Visualizing Sovereignty in the Time of Biometric Sensors,” in The South Atlantic Quarterly: Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law, 110:2, Spring 2011, “Skin Seven Spans Thick,” in Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor, NMAI: DC, 2010, “Absorbing or Obscuring the Absence of a Critical Space in the Americas for Indigeneity: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian,” in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, No. 52, Autumn, 2007.

Francene Patterson is the distinguished Clan Mother of the White Bear Clan, and designated language specialist of the Tuscarora Chief’s Council. She has worked on the development of Tuscarora grammar as well as the standardization of spelling for Tuscarora words.

Stephen Feeley teaches history at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended Davidson College as an undergraduate and earned a Ph.D. at The College of William and Mary in 2007, where his dissertation was “Tuscarora Trails: Indian Migrations, War, and Constructions of Colonial Frontiers.”

David La Vere teaches American Indian History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is an award-winning author and public speaker. Born in New Orleans, he served a hitch as a Marine Corps infantryman. He earned a B.A. from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and later received his Ph.D. in History from Texas A&M University. He came to UNC Wilmington in 1993 and is now a professor of history there. La Vere is currently working on his seventh book. Titled The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies, it will be published in October 2013 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press. Besides books, he’s written numerous articles for Our State North Carolina magazine and for historical journals. La Vere often lectures around the state, giving talks about the history of North Carolina Indians.

Ruchatneet Printup is currently the Director of Community and Cultural Services at Native American Community Services in Buffalo, New York. Ruchatneet is a co-producer of the documentary “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential/Boarding Schools in Western New York.” He lives on the Tuscarora Nation with his wife and children. He is well known and respected for his passion in serving the community and has advocated for Native issues and causes throughout his personal and professional lives. He has participated in the “Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth” over the last 20 years encouraging Native communities to continue to hold onto their traditional teachings and ways.

Rick W. Hill Sr. is Tuscarora of the Beaver clan. He is the former Special Assistant to the Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He is a professor of American History, an artist, photographer, and a leading authority on contemporary Native American art and Indian images depicted in multi-media. Hill was the Museum Director and principal designer of the new Institute of American Indian Arts, and Museum Director for the Native American Center for the Living Arts.

John E. Byrd is Laboratory Director to the Central Identification Laboratory, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. He helped establish the Coastal Archaeology Office, a research and service agency for various archaeological and archaeology-related projects in coastal North Carolina. He was ECU’s principal investigator at the Neyuheruke archaeological site during the 1990’s.

Charles Heath is a Research Associate with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands at Colorado State University and works as a staff archaeologist with the Cultural Resources Management Program at Fort Bragg, NC. He received his MA in anthropology from ECU in 1997 and participated in several field school excavation projects at the Neoheroka Fort site under the co-direction of David S. Phelps and John E. Byrd.

David Fictum is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Civil War Studies. A native of Wisconsin, Fictum currently serves as research assistant to Dr. Larry Tise at East Carolina University. His specialization is Atlantic World Maritime History in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Mary Jo Fairchild oversees archival operations and works with patrons in the South Carolina Historical Society’s library. A native of West Virginia, Mary Jo moved to Charleston in order to attend college. After receiving bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history, both from the College of Charleston, Mary Jo began working at the South Carolina Historical Society in 2007 while she was completing her M.A. in history from the joint program at the College of Charleston and The Citadel. Mary Jo is accredited by the Academy of Certified Archivists and will receive her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2013.

Susanne Grieve is the Director of Conservation for the Program in Maritime Studies in the History Department at East Carolina University. She is an objects conservator who specializes in waterlogged organic archaeological materials, but frequently preserves other types of historical materials, conducts workshops on preservation, oversees field conservation, and performs condition surveys on a variety of collections.

Charles Ewen is Director of the Phelps Archaeology Laboratory at East Carolina University. His principal interest is historical archaeology. He has directed projects at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, Ft. Macon State Park, Hope Plantation, Somerset Place, and a long-term archaeological study of Historic Bath, North Carolina. He was recently elected president of the Society for Historical Archaeology.