Rodney Frey holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado. Since the mid-1970s, he has partnered with a variety of tribal communities including the Crow, Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Warm Springs, and Wasco. Descended from German and English ancestors, he is the adopted grandson of Tom and Susie Yellowtail of the Crow and Whistling Water clan. His Crow name is Maakuuxshiichíilish (Seeking to Help Others), while the Coeur d’Alene know him as Kw’lk’il Sqqi (Little Red Hawk). He remains deeply grateful for each collaboration and the lessons he received.
Currently, Frey is professor of ethnography and Distinguished Humanities Professor at the University of Idaho. The institution has honored his outstanding, hands-on teaching and research with the following:
• Award for Excellence in Teaching
• UNITY Service Medallion
• Award for Excellence in Research
• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Service Award
Frey also is a member or serving an official role in multiple professional associations, including the American Anthropological Association, Northwest Anthropology, the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, and several honor societies.
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