Foundation Award for Service

William Meadows

Dr. William Meadows

College of Humanities and Public Affairs

I. Philosophy of Service

My philosophy has been to organize and or provide educational oriented events focused on Native American Cultural topics for the MSU, southwest Missouri, and state and national levels. In concert with my research and teaching, my service focuses on minority groups and topics that are under-represented and less well-known in this region of America. This has involved developing native student organizations, events, and activities in the MSU community, presentations of my original fieldwork and research, and using fundraising and my broad range of contacts, friends, and relatives in the Native American community to bring other presentations and cultural events to campus. My service has also facilitated application on state and national levels to help native communities, especially concerning years of service contributing to the passage of the Code Talker Recognition Act of 2008 and the bestowal of Congressional Gold Medals in 2013. My service has been primarily with Native American cultural subjects, with additional service with Japanese culture.

II. Examples of service including service to University, discipline and community

MSU-Native American Heritage Month Committee (2003+); MSU Powwow coordinator 2006+, organized varied speakers such as Navajo Code Talker Samuel Holiday, National Heritage Fellow Vanessa Jennings, a diversity panel on Native American Issue; organizer of MSU Plains Indian Hand Game (2003+). Testifying before Senate Committee on the Contributions of Native American Code talkers. Lobbying for passage of the 2008 Code Talker Recognition Act. Faculty sponsor of AISA (2003+). Numerous public presentations on Native American Code Talkers to local veterans associations (American Legion, SAR, DAR, MOAA), local heritage festivals (Republic Trail of Tears Park native Heritage Days), universities (MSU, Drury, Univ. of Texas San Antonio, Northeastern State University, Univ. of Oklahoma; OU-OSU Oklahoma City, Univ. of Wisconsin), Library of Congress, The Hopi Tribe, the Pequot Nation, the Kansas City Public Library, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the National WW I Museum, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Huachuca, and five different presentations for the MSU Anthropology Club; Consultant for the National Museum of the American Indian. I have also made presentations on Japanese culture for the Springfield Japanese Festival and the MSU Anthropology Club.

III. Future Commitment to Service

I plan to continue organizing Native American cultural event in the MSU-Missouri community and to continue presentations related to my ongoing research on Native American Code Talkers and other subjects as requested.

IV. Topics related to service for which you are available for presentations and/or consultations (e.g., public affairs, relationship of service to teaching, and relationship of service to research).

Native American Cultural and Language Issues, Native American Code Talkers, Native American Military Service.