Donald L. Fixico, Lead Scholar
Donald Fixico (Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole) is Regents and Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. A policy historian and ethnohistorian, his work focuses on American Indians, oral history, and the US West. Fixico has worked on twenty-five historical documentaries and written or edited fifteen books, most recently That’s What They Used to Say: Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017) and Indian Treaties in the United States (editor; Bloomsbury, 2018).
Before joining Arizona State University, Fixico was the Thomas Bowlus Distinguished Professor of American Indian History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholar, and founding director of the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas. In 2000, President Clinton appointed him to the Advisory Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Patience LeBlanc, Master Teacher
Patience LeBlanc is the secondary social studies coordinator for the Frisco Independent School District in Texas. She has been with the district for twenty years, previously as a middle and high school teacher and instructional coach. She was named a James Madison Fellow in 2010, Texas Lawyers Auxiliary Teacher of the Year in 2011, American Bar Association Teacher of the Year in 2013, and Texas History Teacher of the Year in 2017. She received the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from Humanities Texas in 2020. In addition, Patience has served as a consultant with the State Bar of Texas and has mentored teachers at institutes and forums with the Center for Civic Education.