Plateau Center for American Indian Studies

About us

Michael Holloman

Michael Holloman, Director, (Colville)

Michael Holloman was appointed as the Director of the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies at Washington State University in July of 2010. He also has a faculty appointment in the Fine Arts Department as an Associate Professor teaching Native American Art and Non-Western Art History. He holds a dual appointment as the Director of American Indian programming at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, WA and before that was an Associate Professor of Art at Seattle University. He maintains an ongoing commitment to Native American arts, culture, education and sovereignty which is exhibited in both his professional and personal endeavors. Michael is a registered member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation.He is a proud parent of two sons, a passionate but mediocre golfer, a foreign film enthusiast and a lover of short stories and non-fiction. He can be reached via email at

Jeanette Weaskus, Clinical Assistant Professor, (Nez Perce) 

Jeanette is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and currently teaching CES 171 (Introduction of Indigenous Studies), CES/Anth/WSt 372 (Indigenous Women in Traditional & Contemporary Societies), and CES 378/Anth 327 (Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas). She taught CES 377/Anth 320 (Native Peoples of North America) in the 2011 fall semester. Jeanette's primary research/interest areas include: American Indian English, specifically the holy rhetorics as used for ceremonial purposes and within Native religions; Plateau Indian tribal mythologies & oral traditions; and finally powwow research to discover the when and the how powows became the inter-tribal culture that it is today. She can be reached at

Dr. Kim Christen, Director of Digital Projects

Dr. Christen received her Ph.D. from the history of consciousness department at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. She is an Associate Professor in the department of  Critical Culture, Gender and Race at WSU. Her academic work focuses on contemporary global articulations of indigeneity. She has worked since 1995 with the Warumungu Aboriginal community in Tennant Creek, a remote town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Her book, Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town ( explores the complexities of Aboriginal modernities as they relate to a range of "business" ventures—including technological collaborations. Her academic research grows from this work and focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, intellectual property rights, archival process and cultural heritage movements within indigenous communities and the global commons. As Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center, she will continue working with tribal nations with whom WSU shares an MOU on the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal ( and reach out to collecting institutions to expand the Portal's reach. More of Dr. Christen’s work, including publications and projects, can be found at her website: and you can follow her on twitter @Mukurtu.

Renee Holt, Graduate Assistant Coordinator, (Nez Perce)

Renée Holt is Dine from the Sleeping Rock or With the Rock clan and enrolled with the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho. Renee is the Graduate Assistant Coordinator for the Washington State University Plateau Center for American Indian Studies, the Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Outreach, and the Clearinghouse on Native Teaching & Learning. As a fourth year PhD student in the College of Education, Cultural Studies and Social Thought program, her research area is in Indigenous Knowledge Systems and epistemologies. A former Secretary for the Board of Directors for National Indian Education Association, the oldest and largest Indian education organization, Renee is actively involved with the American Indian Studies Association. She can be reached at

Pleateau Center Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


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