Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Henrietta Whiteman Mann

Henrietta Whiteman Mann - 1997

Henrietta Mann (formerly Whiteman) teaches at the University of Montana in Missoula where she is a full professor of Native American Studies.  She is a full-blood Cheyenne enrolled with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. 

In 1986, she was the first Indian woman to serve as deputy to the assistant secretary of the bureau of Indian Affairs.  She has served as national coordinator of the American Indian Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C.  She was also a Danforth Foundation Fellow.  The University of Colorado selected Dr. Mann as its 1991 recipient of the Eugene Kayden Award for the best manuscript in the humanities. In 1983 she was selected as the Cheyenne Indian of the Year at the American Indian Exposition in Anadarko (OK) and, in 1987, was honored as the National American Indian Woman of the Year. 

Rolling Stone magazine in 1991 named her one of the 10 leading professors in the nation.  She has lectured extensively throughout the United States as well as other countries around the world.  In addition to the University of Montana, she has also taught at other universities including the University of California at Berkeley; Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan.; Stanislaus State College in Turlock, Calif.; California State College in Hayward; and in the Graduate School of Education of Harvard University.  Her higher educational experience also includes administering a summer Indian Studies Program at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.  Mann received her bachelor’s degree in English education from Southwestern in 1954.  She completed her master’s degree in 1971 from Oklahoma.