Marjeanna Burge

2009 Bea Medicine Winner

medicine_burge.jpgMarjeanna Burge is a Comanche tribal member, born and raised in Oklahoma but considers Fort Worth ‘home’.  She is a mother of 2 grown children and one granddaughter, and graduated from Haskell, in May 2007 with a BA in American Indian Studies. Ms. Burge Enrolled in the Global Indigenous Nations Studies program with an emphasis in Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.  Her masters research focuses on tribal leaders, peace building and retreat models. In addition, Ms Burge was inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society in the fall of 2008, and was selected to compete as 1 of 4 graduate students in the category of the Humanities and Fine Arts at the KU Graduate Research Competition, on February 23, 2009, held in the Kansas Union where a research presentation was given. This Graduate and Professional Association event is hosted by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies with three categories of research. Selected winners are invited to showcase their research at the Capitol in Topeka and receive cash prizes. A recent award on April 8, 2009 for the Lynn Reyer Award in Tribal Community Development will allow Ms. Burge the opportunity to begin implementation of the research after final completion of Masters in May 2009.

 

Kerry Thompson

2009 Bea Medicine Winner

medicine_thompson.jpgOriginally from Leupp, Arizona, Kerry Thompson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and will receive her degree this Spring. Her research is focused on late nineteenth and early twentieth century Navajo households, identity, and the negotiation of federal Indian policies. She has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University.