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Denis Viri Papers 1968-2015


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Viri, Denis (Denis Francis), 1944-
Title: Denis Viri Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1968-2015
Quantity: 1 Box (0.5 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Denis Viri Papers include material he collected while working at ASU in the Center for Indian Education. The collection includes tribal newspapers, curriculum material, and classroom work.
Identification: MSS-389
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Labriola National American Indian Data Center
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Dr. Denis Viri is Research Professor Emeritus. He has worked in the field of Indigenous education for over 30 years as a social scientist-researcher who applies anthropological field methods to the study of educational settings and contexts. In his 10-year career with the ASU Center for Indian Education, he was the Associate Editor of the Journal of American Indian Education, which has been in continuous publication since 1961. Besides teaching and administrative experience on the Hopi (1975-1981) and Pascua Yaqui (1981-1983) Indian communities in Arizona, Dr. Viri has worked extensively with schools and tribal agencies on the Tohono O'odham, Navajo, Colorado River, Gila River, Ft. Mojave, and Ute Indian reservations. His work and research interests have also taken him to Indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Khakasia, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Argentina. He also served previously as an English language teacher in the Peace Corps in the Somali Republic (1969-1970) and a teacher training/health and nutrition project in Tamil Nadu, India (1971). Dr. Viri received his Ph.D in 1989 from the University of Arizona, completing a dissertation entitled Subjective Realities of American Indian Students in an Urban Community College Setting: A Tohono O'odham Case Study. His recent publications include:

Viri, D. F., (2008). "The Status of American Indian Languages Today." In J. M. Gonzalez (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education. Volume 1, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Viri, D. F., (2008). "Boarding Schools and Native Languages". In J. M. Gonzalez (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education, Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Beaulieu, D. A., Figueira, A, M., Viri, D. F., (2006) "Indigenous Teacher Education: Research-Based Model" in P. L. Jeffery (Ed), 2005) published by Australian Association for Research in Education. Parramatta, NSW. Available
Viri, D. F., Benally, A. (2005) "Dine Bizaad (Navajo language) at a Crossroads: Extinction or Renewal?" Bilingual Education Research Journal. 29(1) 85-108
Trujillo, O, Viri, D. F., Figueira, A. M. and Manuelito, K (2005) "Educators Interface with Culture and Language in Schooling". (pp. 2274-2284) In J. Cohen, K T. McAlister, K. Rolstad, and J MacSwan (Eds) ISB4: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press
Viri, D. F. (2003) "Standards in American Indian/Alaska Native Education: Preparing Native and non-Native Teachers for Variable Contexts". In D. McInerney and S Van Etten (Eds), Sociocultural Influences on Teacher Education, Volume 3, Greenwich CT: Information Age Publishing

Dr. Viri served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer at Loro Core Primary Teacher's College in Northern Uganda in 2010-11 and has recently completed additional volunteer teaching assignments at Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico. (quoted from Viri's ASU Directory Profile at

Scope and Content Note

The Denis Viri Papers include material he collected while working at ASU in the Center for Indian Education and other positions he held outside of ASU. The collection includes national, local and tribal newspapers, curriculum material, grant proposals, conference brochures, Hotevilla Bacavi Community School, and classroom work/curriculum from various tribes including Ute, Navajo, Hopi, Yaqui, and First Nations.


This collection consists of a single box.


Access Restrictions

To view this collection, please contact Ask an Archivist or call (480) 965-4932 at least five days in advance. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Patrons can also arrange to view this collection at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center (rm. 305) at Fletcher Library on the West campus. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of the Arizona State University Library. Requests to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Viri, Denis (Denis Francis), 1944-

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona State University. Center for Indian Education

First nations of North America
Hopi Indians
Indians of North America -- Education
Navajo Indians
Ute Indians
Yaqui Indians

College teachers -- Arizona

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Denis Viri Papers, MSS-389, Arizona State University Library.


Denis Viri donated these materials to the Labriola Center in 2015 (Accession #2015-04880).

Container List

11 Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School: An Environmentally Based Primary Curriculum, 1980 June (Book 1)
Prepared by Jean Bingham and Manon Charbonneau.
12 Hopi Indian Reservation, 1976 August
13 National Indian Education Association, 1980 August (Vol. XI, No. 1)
14 Towards Linguistic Justice for First Nations; Assembly of First Nations Education Secretarist, 1990 September
15 Loma Wu-Ni "Beautiful Thoughts" - Hotevilla Bacavi Community School, 1977-1978
16 Lomati'awi-Hotevilla Bacavi Community Newsletter, 1981 November (Issue 21)
17 Hotevilla-Bacavi Community School: Community Education/Physical Education Project, 1980 April 4
18 Hopi Traditional Chiefs on H.R. 10337 and S. 2424, Rev. Caleb H. Johnson, 1974 January 19
19 Hopi Education Conference; Black Mesa Trust Flier, 1988 November 10
110 Governance of American Indian Tribal Colleges: Overview and Comparison (1984 December) and Subjective Realities of American Indian Students in an Urban Community College Setting: Tohono O'odham (1989 December), 1984 December, 1989 December
111 Chipewyan Alphabet Chart; South Slavery Alphabet Chart; Dogrib Alphabet Chart; Northwest Territories Education Culture and Communications, 1990
112 A Concise Yoeme and English Dictionary, Tucson Unified School District, 1993 June
113 Hotevilla Bacavi Community School - Community Education Project (Grant), 1980 June 28, September 23
114 Hotevilla Bacavi Community School, Hopi Education, 1980
115 Talk Good to Ya'self, Aborigines Advancement League, Inc., Brochures
116 Hopi Center for Human Services, Second Mesa, Arizona, Brochure
117 Indians of the South America; Pemulwuy, Newsletter of the NSW AECG Inc.; Home and Community Care, Elder Informational Booklet, Aborigines Advancement League, Inc., 2008 (Issue 2)
118 We're all in this together, Ute Tribe Education Division; Executive Summary of Walpole Island, Indian Education Study; Education Division Programs and Services, Ute Indian Tribe, 1986 (1st Edition)
119 Oral English at Rough Rock, Rough Rock Demonstration School, 1968
120 "Wy Koo Pah": Correspondence; Ute Language/Title VII Bilingual Education Project Conference; Final External Evaluation Report, Bilingual Education Project, 1981 February 19-21
121 The First International Yaqui Language and Family Literacy Conference (1989), Tucson, Arizona; Constitution of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (1985), 1985 September 10, 1989 July 14-15
122 Newspaper Articles: Arizona Republic; Arizona Daily Sun; USA Today, 1997 May 9, 2015 May 12
123 Qua'Toqti, The Eagle's Cry, Serving Hopi Nation, 1977 November 3 (Volume 4, No. 64)
124 The Ute Bulletin (Published by The Ute Indian Tribe), 1981 July-August (Vol. 16, No. 5)
125 Hopi Tutu-veh-ni, 1990 August 20 (Vol. 11, No. 29)