Native scholars face several challenges when they enter research spaces. These challenges include difficulty in engaging with the broader research community because of the social and educational urgency of tribal-focused research, discouragement from using Indigenous methodologies because they are not “widely recognized,” and resisting positivist and postpositivist methodologies that marginalize Native populations. Using an autoethnographic approach, I make meaning of how the Seven Grandfathers lessons from my childhood inform my research practice. I also discuss how these lessons give me the tools to address the challenges I experience as a Native scholar and provide a holistic approach to the process of decolonizing research.


Indigenous Research, Autoethnography, Native American Education

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Dr. Stephanie Masta is an assistant professor at Purdue University. Her research interests center on Native American education, Indigenous research methodologies, and critical qualitative methodologies. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: szywicki@purdue.edu.

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