(Muscogee Creek Nation)
B.A., Native American Studies 2007
Melanie Frye is an almnus, current student, and active faculty member in Native American Studies.
Melanie earned her bachelor's degree in 2007 from The University of Oklahoma in Anthropology with a double major in Native American Studies.
She is currently in her last semester of graduate work in NAS with a focus on Language, History and Cultural Knowledge.
She also serves the department as an instructor of Creek language.
Her passion is working toward the revitalization and perpetuation of the Mvskoke (Creek/Seminole) language. In doing so, she feels that she is honoring her late father, Johnny Frye, late uncle, George Bunny Jr., and her late mentor, Margaret McKane Mauldin.
Melanie attended NCAIS (Newberry Consortium of American Indian and Indigenous Studies) Summer Institute in Chicago, IL during the summer of 2019. There, she attended classes and participated in research on language revitiliztation.
Melanie will discuss her personal journey of learning and teaching her language as part of the OU Native Nations Center series "Language As Personal Journey" on January 22nd, 2020.
Melanie recently received the good news that her abstract was accepted and that she'll be presenting at the NCAIS 2020 Graduate Student Conference in February 2020.