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Scholar's debut novel ties black, Native-American history. An in-depth write-up and interview with Tiya Miles discussing the upcoming launch of her first novel The Cherokee Rose, where she draws inspiration in life and work, the importance of family, and the role of history in shaping who we are. The Detroit Free Press. March 2015.

What Learning about the Earth Can Do for a Girl. Tiya explains her decision to create Eco Girls and how she felt compelled to address the connection between girls and the environment.  The American Association of University Women (AAUW), March 2015.

This Michigan woman was a conductor on the Underground Railroad.Tiya discusses the heroic role Laura Smith Haviland played in the anti-slavery movement in Michigan and the Midwest. July 2014.

"Who Gets To Decide Who Is Native American? A roundtable discussion on the NPR show "Tell Me More." August 2012.

"The Genius of Dr. Tiya Miles." An article about the McArthur Fellowship awarded to Tiya. BLAC Detroit. April 2012.

"Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman." A two-part video interview on teachinghistory.org about using primary sources. Teaching example used is Harriet Tubman's life. April 2012.

"Historian Chronicles Intersection of Native-American and African-American Culture in Old South." Tiya speaks with Steve Goss from WABE Atlanta about the Chief Vann House and her research on Native-American and African-American cultures. February 2012.

"Toward Living Memory," with Tiya Miles. Tiya speaks with host Krista Tippet on the NPR show, On Being, for Black History Month. February 2012.

"Native Americans As Slaves, Slave Owners In North." Tiya speaks with NPR host Michel Martin about shedding light on the unexplored history of Native American and African-American slavery in Michigan. January 2012.

Tiya was listed in Ebony Magazine's Power 100 of 2011.

“What these 3 MacArthur Foundation winners do is genius”. An interview with the Detroit Free Press about the MacArthur Foundation grant awarded to Tiya, as well as ECO Girls. Published in the Detroit Free Press, October 2011.

Tiya was interviewed by Tomeka Weatherspoon with the Kansas City, MO NPR station, KQUR, on the Central Standard show. (Segment is in the last 10 minutes of the show.)

“America's 2nd Largest Indian Tribe Expels Blacks”. A radio interview by Tiya with NPR on why the Cherokee Nation recently stripped citizenship from a majority of African-Americans. Published on National Public Radio, September 2011.

Tiya was awarded a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work on African American and Native American history. View the MacArthur Foundation announcement, or read the coverage by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, AnnArbor.com, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the University Record, and the Michigan Daily. Also listen to the NPR All Things Considered announcement of the grant winners, and read the blog entry about Tiya by Professor Emerita Kathy Jones of San Diego State University.

“Scholar Documents Historic Ties Between African-Americans and Native Americans”. An article on Tiya's scholarship and current Native American—African-American controversies. Published in Diverse, December 2010.

“Details of slave life under Cherokees emerge in new book”. An interview with Tiya on her newly published book, The House on Diamond Hill. Published in the Bay State Banner, September 2010.

“Researcher to have book signing during Vann House Day”. An article about Tiya’s research on the Vann plantation and her book signing at the Vann House. Published in the Dalton Daily Citizen, July 2010.

“An Interview with Associate Professor Tiya Miles” in the Winter 2010 issue of the newsletter for the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

“Symposium: IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas: Tiya spoke at this 2009 symposium that aimed to bring visibility to African-Native American lives and initiate a healing dialogue on African-Native American experiences for people of all backgrounds.

“Slave Was on Her Own Mission”: An article by Mary Giunca about a lecture Tiya gave in Old Salem. Published in the Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, 2007.

“Ties That Bind: An Interview with Tiya Miles”: A 2007 interview by the Monthly Review.

Fall 2007 article about Tiya in U of M’s LS&A Magazine.

“African Americans & Native Americans — A Shared Experience?”: Listen to this podcast from a 2007 radio interview on the NPR KERA (Dallas) “Think” Talk Show.

“Historian finds shared roots between blacks and Native Americans”: A 2007 article on Tiya in the Dallas Morning News.

“Faculty Profile: Interview with Tiya Miles”: A 2005 interview that appeared in the newsletter of the department of American Culture at the University of Michigan.

“Minority groups urged to work together”: A 2005 article in the Michigan Daily about an event held by the Native American Student Association at which Tiya spoke about the need for reconciliation between Native American and African American communities.

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