With Menominee Nation elder and historian Carol Dodge.

With Menominee Nation elder and historian Carol Dodge.

Rosalyn is an award winning Indigenous writer. She studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) learned from elders and environmental history of Indigenous people. 

Rosalyn has written two books, a Blackfeet language lexicon, several book chapters, academic journal articles and dozens of general audience articles and commentaries. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, Washington Post, High Country News, Grist, Newsweek, Huffington Post, TeleSUR, Univision,  Indianz.com, Associated Press and other venues. She is currently working on her third book. 


Book Manuscript, “Plants That Purify: The Natural and Supernatural History of Smudging,” (in progress).

Book, "Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet," (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). 

Book, City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934, Rosalyn LaPier and David R.M. Beck, University of Nebraska Press, 2015. Winner of the 2016 Robert G. Athearn Book Award, for best book on history of the 20th century American West.

Lexicon, Blackfeet Vocabulary Terms for Items of Material Culture, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2005.

Book Chapters & Sections: (Selected)

Essay, “The American West as Native Place,” in “Bull Lodge’s Life” and the Gros Ventre Narrative Tradition: The Collected Writings of Fred P. Gone (“Many Plumes”), edited by Joseph P. Gone, University of Nebraska Press (submitted for publication)

Introduction, in  Blackfoot Country: An Epic Chronicle, by Walter Hildebrandt, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, British Columbia, 2107.

Chapter, "American Indian Moving to Cities,” Why You Can't Teach U.S. History Without American Indians, David R.M. Beck and Rosalyn LaPier, Edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Stevens, University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Chapter, "Métis Life Along Montana's Front Range," Beyond ... The Shadows of the Rockies: History of the Augusta Area, Augusta MT: Augusta Historical Society, 2007.

Articles: (Selected)

Article, "Montana Freshwater Mussels: Mythology & Ecology," Montana Naturalist, (expected Spring/Summer 2017).

Article, "Smudging: Plants, Purification and Prayer," Montana Naturalist, Spring/Summer 2016.

Article, "What's in a Name?," Montana Naturalist, Spring/Summer 2015.

Article, "Silent, Sacred and Wild," Crown of the Continent Magazine, Spring 2015.

Article, "Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change," Environmental Justice in Action, July 1, 2014.

Article, “‘One Man Relocation Team:’ Scott Henry Peters and American Indian Migration in the 1930's,” with David R.M. Beck, Western Historical Quarterly, 45:1, Spring 2014. 

Article, "Montana's Metis People," Montana Naturalist, Winter 2013/2014.

Journal Article, “Crossroads for a Culture: American Indians in Progressive Era Chicago,” with David R.M. Beck, Chicago History, 38:1, Spring 2012. 

Article, "From the Natural to the Supernatural: Discovering the Piegan People's World View," Montana Naturalist, Winter 2009/2010.

Journal Article, “An Important Gift: Blackfeet Language and History,” with William Farr, Journal of American Indian Education, 45:2, Fall 2006. 

Article, “Blackfeet Botanist: Annie Mad Plume Wall,” Montana Naturalist, Fall 2005.

Commentary: (Selected)

Commentary, "For Native Americans, A River is More Than a 'Person,' It is Also a Sacred Place," The Conversation, October 8, 2017.

Commentary, "Will Global Warming Change Native American Religious Practices," The Conversation, July 6, 2017.

Commentary, "Why Native Americans do not Separate Religion from Science," The Conversation, April 20, 2017.

Commentary, "Why is Water Sacred to Native Americans?" The Conversation, March 21, 2017. (Reprinted in Lee Newspapers).

Commentary, "What Makes a Mountain, Hill, or Prairie a 'Sacred' Place for Native Americans?" The Conversation, February 16, 2017. (Reprinted in Lee Newspapers).

Commentary, "How Standing Rock Became a Site of Pilgrimage," The Conversation, December 6,  2016. (Reprinted in Univision, December 9, 2016 as "Como el Standing Rock se Convirtio en un Lugar de Peregrinacion").

Commentary, "Why Understanding Native American Religion is Important for Resolving the Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis," The Conversation, November 2,  2016. (Reprinted in the Washington Post, November 4, 2016 and Newsweek,  November 6, 2016).

Guest Commentary, "Thoughts on What Makes A Place Holy," The Great Falls Tribune, October 24, 2013.

Current Research & Collaboration

Collaborator, "Willow Partnership for Success," to increase the number of Native American STEM faculty, University of Montana, Salish Kootenai College and Sitting Bull College, NSF-APEG-T grant, 2017-2021.

Principal Investigator, "Itapissko: Blackfeet Belief and Botany," National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2015-2018.

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