Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, Ph.D.

Michael Yellow Bird (2009-2014) MSW, Ph.D.

I am a citizen of the Arikara (Sahnish) and Hidatsa Nations in North Dakota. I have authored a number of scholarly papers and book chapters and have presented workshops, scholarly papers, and keynote addresses (related to Indigenous Peoples) in numerous academic and non-academic venues in the United States, Canada, Australia, Finland, Mexico, and the Middle East. I am the co-editor of four books: For Indigenous Eyes Only: The Decolonization Handbook, 2005 (with Dr. Waziyatawin); Indigenous Social Work around the World: Towards Culturally Relevant Education and Practice, 2008 (with Drs. Mel Gray and John Coates); For Indigenous Minds Only, 2012 (with Dr. Waziyatawin); and Decolonizing Social Work, 2013 (with Mel Gray, John Coates, and Tiani Hetherington).


My scholarship and activism focuses on: Native American and other Indigenous Peoples cultural and political rights; Indigenous Peoples’ health and wellness, neurodeocolonization and mindfulness; and Colonization and methods of Decolonization.