Ted Van Alst
Published February 9, 2014
Updated November 4, 2021

Ted Van Alst is professor and chair of Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies at Portland State University. He previously was an associate professor and the chair of Native American studies at the University of Montana, and spent four years as an assistant dean at Yale College; he also served as director of the Yale University Native American Cultural Center.

He is an author whose work includes two chapters (“Navajo Joe” and “The Savage Innocents”) in the 2013 book Seeing Red — Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, and the story collection Sacred Smokes (2018).

Van Alst has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition Sunday, and has been featured in The Washington Post, Native American Calling, Smithsonian and on Al Jazeera America for his expertise in Native American culture.

Expertise: Native American history and culture

Location: Portland, Ore.

Email: tva2@pdx.edu

Heard on Canadian Broadcast Corporation: First Nations appropriation

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