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Rodney Frey 2005

Rodney Frey, professor of American Indian studies and anthropology, is nationally known as an expert of the Crow and the Coeur d’Alene American Indian cultures. He has completed more than 70 publications, including "The World of the Crow Indians," "Stories That Make the World" and "Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane: World of the Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene Indians)." His invited contributions to leading encyclopedias are further evidence of his expertise in American Indian culture and oral traditions. Frey developed a cultural property rights agreement that creates a legally binding document recognizing the sovereignty, ownership and agency of the people who shared their oral traditions that became part of his work. The Crow elder, Tom Yellowtail, named Frey "Maakuuxshiichiilish," which translates as “seeking to help others.”