With Menominee Nation elder and historian Carol Dodge.

With Menominee Nation elder and historian Carol Dodge.

Rosalyn is an award winning Indigenous writer, ethnobotanist and environmental activist with a BA in physics and PhD in environmental history.

Rosalyn is working on her third book and other writings. She has written two award winning books, a Blackfeet language lexicon, and dozens of articles and commentaries. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, Washington Post, High Country News, The Montana Naturalist and other places.


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

  • Winner of the 2018 Donald Fixico Book Award

  • Winner of the 2018 John C. Ewers Book Award. 

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.

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

Articles (Select)

"Her Dream: The Blackfeet Women’s Stand Up Headdress," Montana Naturalist, Fall/Winter 2018/2019.

"Montana Freshwater Mussels: Mythology & Ecology," Montana Naturalist, Spring/Summer 2017.

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

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

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

"American Indian Moving to Cities,” chapter in Why You Can't Teach U.S. History Without American Indians, David R.M. Beck and Rosalyn LaPier, Edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, et.al., University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

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

“‘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. 

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

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

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

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

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


Indigenous Science Statement,” with Robin Kimmerer, Melissa Nelson, and Kyle Whyte. April 2017.

Commentary (Select)

“Moving Toward Justice: Take Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” Missoulian, January 16, 2019.

Trump’s Reference to Wounded Knee Evokes the Dark History of Suppression of Indigenous Religions,” The Conversation, January 16, 2019.

What Winter Solstice Rituals Tell Us About Indigenous Peoples,” The Conversation, December 13, 2018.

It Might Be Time to Decolonize Our Sweatlodges,” with Souta Calling Last, Native News Online, December 5, 2018.

How the Loss of Native American Languages Affects Our Understanding of the Natural World,” The Conversation, October 5, 2018.

Why Native Americans Struggle to Protect Their Sacred Places," The Conversation, August 1, 2018.

"How Native American Food is Tied to Important Sacred Stories," The Conversation, June 15, 2018.

“From the Desk of Rosalyn LaPier: ‘Of course, there is a Tipi on the cover!,’” UNP Blog, University of Nebraska Press, June 14, 2018.

“Why is Water Sacred to Native Americans?” Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community, No. 8, Fall 2017.

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

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

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

"Why is Water Sacred to Native Americans?" The Conversation, March 21, 2017.

"What Makes a Mountain, Hill, or Prairie a 'Sacred' Place for Native Americans?" The Conversation, February 16, 2017.

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

"Why Understanding Native American Religion is Important for Resolving the Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis," The Conversation, November 2,  2016. (In The Washington Post, November 4, 2016).

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