Luana Ross

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Luana K. Ross (born c. 1957) is a Native American sociologist of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, located at Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Montana in 1979,[1] and her doctorate from the University of Oregon in 1992. Since 1999 she has been a faculty member for the department of Women Studies at the University of Washington. She is also an Adjunct Professor in American Indian Studies at the University of Washington. She is the co-director of the Native Voices Graduate Program.[2] She previously served as faculty at the University of California at Davis and UC Berkeley.[3] In January 2010, she was appointed to be president of Salish Kootenai College, effective in July of that year.[4] She resigned from the position in 2012.[5]

Ross served as a guest editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Volume 40, No. 1 (2016). The issue's theme is "Settler Colonialism and the Legislating of Criminality."[6] Ross is also the author of Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of American Criminality.[7] The book was awarded the Best Book Award in the field of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics in 1999 from the American Political Science Association.[8]

Ross has produced several award-winning films including A Century of Genocide in the Americas: The Residential School Experience, White Shamans and Plastic Medicine, and The Place of the Falling Waters.[9]


  1. ^ "The Montanan - The Magazine of the University of Montana". Fall 2003. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Native Voices - Indigenous Documentary Film at the University of Washington". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Luana Ross | American Indian Studies | University of Washington". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Tribal college picks prof to be president". Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Char-Koosta News - Luana Ross resigns as Salish Kootenai College President". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  6. ^ "American Indian Culture and Research Journal: Vol. 40, No. 1". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  7. ^ Ross, Luana (1998). Inventing the savage the social construction of Native American criminality. Austin: University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292755901. OCLC 605404397. 
  8. ^ "American Political Science Association > MEMBERSHIP > Organized Sections by Title > Organized Section 33: Best Book Award". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Luana Ross | American Indian Studies | University of Washington". Retrieved 2017-03-04.