Grant Arndt

Associate Professor + Sociocultural Anthropologist + Dual appointment with American Indian Studies

Research Interests

Grant Arndt is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and American Indian studies at Iowa State University. He published his first book, Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition in 2016. Other recent publications include articles on the politics of settler colonial perception in American Ethnologist (2016), on American Indian media activism in Comparative Studies in Society and History (2015), Settler Colonialism Studies (2013), and American Ethnologist (2010), and on American Indian autobiography in Ethnohistory (2012). 



  • 2016 Ho-Chunk Powwows and the Politics of Tradition. Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press.
  • 2016 “Settler agnosia in the field: Indigenous action, functional ignorance, and the origins of ethnographic entrapment.” American Ethnologist. Vol 43, No. 3: 465-474.
  • 2015 “Voices and Votes in the Fields of Settler Society: American Indian Media and Electoral Politics in 1930s Wisconsin.” Comparative Studies in Society and History. Vol. 57, No. 3 (July).
  • 2014 “The Emergence of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race and Culture in Native North America.” Reviews in Anthropology. Vol. 45: 79-105.
  • 2013 “Mediating Indigeneity: Ho-Chunk Indian News and the Legacies of Settler Colonialism.” Settler Colonialism Studies. Vol. 3, No. 2: 202-213.
  • 2012 “Autobiography en Abyme: Indigenous Reflections on Representational Agency in the Case of Crashing Thunder.” Ethnohistory. Vol. 59, No. 1: 29-49.
  • 2010 “The making and muting of an indigenous media activist: Imagination and ideology in Charles Round Low Cloud’s “Indian News.” American Ethnologist, Vol. 37, No. 3: 499-510.
  • 2009 “Indigenous Agendas and Activist Genders: Chicago’s American Indian Center, Social Welfare, and Native American Women’s Urban Leadership.” Keeping the Campfires Going: Native Women’s Activism in Urban Communities. Edited by Susan Applegate Krouse and Heather Howard. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pages 234-252.
  • 2008 “Ho-Chunk Powwows: Innovation and Tradition in a Changing World.” The Wisconsin Magazine of History. Volume 91, Issue 3: 28-41
  • 2005 “Ho-Chunk ‘Indian Powwows’ of the Early Twentieth Century.” In Powwow. Edited by Clyde Ellis, Luke Eric Lassiter, and Gary H. Dunham. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pages 46-67.
  • 2002 “Relocation’s Imagined Landscape and the Rise of Chicago’s Native American Community.” In Native Chicago. Edited by Terry Straus. Second Edition. Chicago: Albatross Press. [See 1998 (below)] Pages 159-172.
  • 1998 “‘Contrary to Our Way of Thinking’: The Struggle for an American Indian Center in Chicago.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Vol. 22, No. 4: Pages 117-134.
  • 1998 Native Chicago (co-edited with Terry Straus). Chicago: McNaughton and Gunn, Inc.

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