Duane Champagne is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from North Dakota. He is Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies, a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center, Senior Editor for Indian Country Today, and a member of the TLCEE (Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange) Working Group, and contributor of the education chapter to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues’ (UNPFII) State of the World's Indigenous Peoples Report.
Professor Champagne was Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center from 1991 to 2002 and editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal from 1986 to 2003. He wrote or edited over 125 publications including Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations; Native America: Portraits of the Peoples; The Native North American Almanac; Social Order and Political Change: Constitutional Governments Among the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek, and Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations. Mr. Champagne’s research and writings focus on issues of social and cultural change in both historical and contemporary Native American communities, the study of justice institutions in contemporary American Indian reservations, including policing, courts, and incarceration, and policy analysis of cultural, economic, and political issues in contemporary Indian Country. [Source: UCLA]