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Rebecca Yacyszyn

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Rebecca Yacyszyn

Graduate Teaching Assistant




MA, Native American Studies, in progress
BA, Native American Studies, 2020
AA in Social Science, certificate in Native American Studies, 2018

Personal Statement

My interest in Native American Studies began as a student at Rose State College where I enrolled in Intro to Native American Studies as an elective.  I quickly realized that I had found my place as my passion for Indigenous rights and tribal historic preservation was ignited.  During my time at Rose State, I became involved in the honors program.  My research project, "Lipan Apache: Sovereignty Through Mobility" was selected for presentation at the National Council on Undergraduate Research in the Spring of 2018.  I was also chosen as the representative of Rose State College at the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Student Research Day at the Capital, where I had the privilege of presenting my research for state legislatures.   

Since transferring to OU, I have focused my studies on tribal historic preservation, social justice, food sovereignty and inter-generational trauma.  In addition to working as a graduate teaching assistant, I am involved in a preservation project of a vast Native American oral history collection through the Doris Duke Foundation at the Western History Collections Library.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

tribal historic preservation, food sovereignty   

Honors and Recognition

Rose State College Social Sciences Student of the Year award, 2018

Rose State College Honors Program Outstanding Student of the Year, 2018

Official State of Oklahoma Citation of Congratulations for research presented at the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Student Research Day at the Capital, 2018