On April 28 President Joseph R. Biden nominated Daryl Baldwin (Kinwalaniihsia), Assistant Professor and Founding Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, to the National Council on the Humanities. A citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and a leader in Indigenous American language and cultural preservation, Baldwin was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award in 2016 and a lecturer in the 2020-2021 John W. Altman Program in the Humanities: Migrations . Baldwin’s talk, “myaamiaki aancihsaaciki: The Miami Tribe Removal - A Journey of Healing,” kicked off the 2020-2021 program .
“Daryl’s work on Native American language and cultural revitalization projects for the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages — and his work with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma through the Myaamia Center — are having a tremendous impact that will be felt for generations to come,” Miami President Gregory Crawford said. “Miami is a place for trailblazers and innovators, with humanities at its core, and Daryl and his important work are shining examples.”
Baldwin is the author of numerous books and articles on the Myaamia language and the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. The Myaamia Center that he leads is a research-focused collaboration between Miami University and the Miami Tribe and a leader in indigenous language and cultural revitalization. The center offers the tribe’s students opportunities to take classes on their culture and heritage through the Myaamia Heritage Award Program. The Myaamia Center’s work has resulted in “the first generation in nearly 100 years learning to speak the Myaamia language.”
The Humanities Center congratulates Baldwin on this prestigious nomination.