May 15, 2020
Lee, an associate professor of Native American studies at the University of New Mexico, is the editor of three books with the Press that are part of a four-book series touching on important topics concerning Diné philosophies, nation-building, and identity.
The first book in the series, Diné Perspectives: Revitalizing and Reclaiming Navajo Thought, addresses questions on being Navajo, contemporary life and traditions, and more. The second book, Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Diné People, Lee asks fellow Navajo scholars, writers, and community members to envision sovereignty for the Navajo Nation. The third and recent book, Diné Identity in a Twenty-First-Century World, explores the complexity of understanding and the richness of current Diné identities.
During the conversation, Lee shared what he anticipates to be the theme of the fourth book in the series–land and the environment. Many families and communities have experiences and stories on their connection to the land and how they live their life, he said. Similar to the book on sovereignty, Lee hopes to get many perspectives on the land and what the challenges are in a way that reflects the Diné people.