Franklin Sage

Date of Award

January 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Foundations & Research

First Advisor

Cheryl A. Hunter


What ways can Indigenous Knowledge and Diné Knowledge Systems be useful in autoethnography doctoral research? This dissertation uses Indigenous Research Methodology and autoethnography to make use of storytelling from the Navajo Creation Story and Navajo Circular Model to examine the educational experiences of Native Americans in higher education. A Navajo Circular Model was developed to provide a visual guide of the Indigenous Research process utilizing various Navajo traditional elements. This dissertation highlights federal policies that changed the course of Native American education. The results are in autoethnography that reveals how cultural identity, names, dislocation from home, financial barriers and racism impacted my educational journey.