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Prof. Patty Loew

I'm  Professor Emerita in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the inaugural director of NU's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (retired). I'm a documentary producer, and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A citizen of Mashkiiziibii  (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), I am the author of four books:  Native People of Wisconsin, which is used by 20,000 Wisconsin school children as a social studies textbook; Teachers Guide to Native People of Wisconsin; Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal;  and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders. I have  produced many documentaries for public and commercial television, including Way of the Warrior, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007 and 2011. My outreach work focuses on Native American youth and digital storytelling.










These Canoes Carry Culture

Click here to explore an interactive website that chronicles the construction of a traditional birchbark canoe at Northwestern University in fall 2021.

The canoe was created under the direction of master canoe builder Wayne Valliere from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Indigenous Tour of Northwestern University

Welcome to the Northwestern Indigenous Tour  produced by Medill School of Journalism students and the Northwestern Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. During this tour, you’ll visit fourteen landmarks on Northwestern’s campus and learn more about the past histories and present realities of Native peoples, places, and events and how they are tied to Northwestern University.


Here is the StoryMap tour, produced by Alex Schwartz, Maddie Jarrard and the wonderfully talented students in my Media History class in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

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