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Dr. Duane Champagne
Dr. Duane Champagne is an enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota. He is Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies, a co-chair for the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center, Senior Editor for Indian Country Today, and a member of the TLCEE (Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange) Working Group, and education report contributor to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues State of the World's Indigenous Peoples Report. Professor Champagne was Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center from 1991 through 2002 and editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal from 1986 through 2003, and in 2013. He authored or edited over one hundred thirty-five publications including Native America: Portraits of the Peoples, The Native North American Almanac, Social Order and Political Change: Constitutional Governments Among the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek, Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations, Notes From the Center of Turtle Island, Captured Justice: Native Nations Under Public Law 280, and Indigenous Nations within Nations States: Integration and Autonomy. Champagne’s research focuses primarily on issues of social and cultural change in both historical and contemporary Native American communities. He writes about social change in a variety Indian communities including: Cherokee, Tlingit, Iroquois, Delaware, Choctaw, Northern Cheyenne, Creek, California Indians, and others.