M.A. Applied Linguistic Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, 2014
B.A. Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2006
My Kiowa name is “Phaw Ah” which means “The coming of the moon”. I am a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and also affiliated with Cherokee and Seminole Nations. I am husband to Welana Fields Queton. I enjoy attending ceremonies and celebrations in our tribal communities across the nation. I am also an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.
I have served as the University of Oklahoma’s 1st Tribal Liaison Officer since August 2016. Serving in this position has been a key highlight in my career. The mission of the Tribal Liaison Office is to foster respectful and mutually productive relationships between Oklahoma Tribes, the students, the University, the community and key stakeholders through culturally appropriate research, outreach and programming. The office works to develop, recognize, connect, promote, and facilitate protocols of reciprocity as they relate to Tribal sovereignty and Indigenous higher education.
Since 2006, I have been an active member in the Oklahoma Army National Guard and currently hold the rank of Captain (O-3). I have completed three tours overseas serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Spartan Shield (Kuwait). I also worked full time for the Oklahoma Army National Guard as the State Food Program Manager from 2015-2016.
From 2009 to 2015, I served as the Academic Coordinator for the OU Upward Bound program, preparing first generation, low income students from Oklahoma City Public Schools for college careers. My educational work consisted primarily on outreach, career advising and college readiness.
I also worked as a Kiowa Language Instructor in the Department of Anthropology from 2007-2009. My masters research investigated the use of Kiowa children’s songs in the creation of their worldview and tribal enculturation. I continue to use musical pedagogy as an integral part of my language teaching.
The University of Oklahoma has been my home since I started my undergraduate degree in the fall of 1999. I enjoy working with our American Indian community to make our campus climate more inclusive and respectful towards our tribal communities. In my student career, I worked in the Office of Student Life as a Student Service Coordinator for the American Indian Scholars program. I also served as the President of the American Indian Student Association 2002-2004 and am a founding member of the Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma Fraternity in 2004.
Recent Courses Taught
Kerswill, S. and Queton W. “Native Cultural Impact in Veterans Mental Treatment.” Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Summit. Norman, OK. July 26, 2019.
Queton, W. “National American Indian Heritage Observance; Sovereignty and Trust.” Udairi, Kuwait, November 2018.
Queton, W. “Cáuigú Pòláyì Songs: Congressional Auditorium Showcase, National Endowment of the Humanities.” U.S. Capitol Historical Society. Washington D.C. September 2017.
Queton, W. “American Indians in the Military; Contributions made by Native Peoples.” Fort Sill, OK November 2017.
Queton, W. “Cáuigú Pòláyì Songs: A Possible Pedagogy for Language Learning.” Oklahoma Workshop for Native American Languages. Tahlequah, OK April 2011.
Queton, W. and George, H. “Setting the Standard for American Indians.” Absentee Shawnee Youth Leadership Camp, Shawnee, OK June 2007.
Queton, W. “Speak your language and be heard!” Osage Nation Youth Language Fair, Pawhuska, OK, May 2007.
Queton, W. “American Indian Men in Spirituality” Comanche Nation Youth Camp, Career Day, Lawton, OK, March 2007.
Bread, Dr. Jerry C. “Contemporary Native American Indian Dances” OU Indigenous Conference, Reception, Norman, OK May 2007.
Queton, W. “Listening to your elders!” University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, Norman, OK April 2003.
Bread, Dr. Jerry C. and Queton, W. “Comanche Nation Career Day” Comanche Nation, Lawton, OK April 2002.