Margaret Moss speaks to thousands of people nationally, and
internationally, every year.
She opens each talk — whether related to research,
community and cultural issues or health and wellness — by
asking audience members if anyone knows the number of
federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
“Unless there is a Native American in the audience, nobody
knows the answer,” Moss said. “Ever. It is 567
“And this is the case no matter where I go.”
Moss, an associate professor and assistant dean for diversity
and inclusion in the School of Nursing, began speaking around the
country — and out of the country — as she expanded her
“It goes beyond my role as a nursing professional, to my
family and being a Native American, with that history,” Moss
said. “My life as a Native American outside of the university
is as involved in what I do as a Native American faculty member
inside the university.”
Moss, who holds a PhD in nursing as well as a juris doctor,
cited family preservation, health, economic self-sufficiency,
workforce development, education and high levels of alcohol and
substance abuse from among a long list of conditions that
critically impact Native Americans’ lives.
“All of these areas deeply affect, and help strengthen,
individuals and families emotionally, physically, spiritually
and financially, while building a greater sense of
community,” said Moss, who authored the first textbook
focusing exclusively on American Indian health and nursing.
Moss has delivered 35 invited papers since 2010 and more than 60
presentations on health disparities, policy and healthy aging in
American Indians. But this is a subject that transcends her
position as an academic professional.
“My lifelong interest in helping to improve the lives of
Native Americans in any way I can is part of who I am,” she
said. “There is a great need within these
Moss’ lineage is in the Three Affiliated Tribes of…