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Clifton SkyePhD Student, Civil Society and Community Research


Clifton earned a Master of Science (MSc), Management and Information Technology, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, Colorado, while employed with Raytheon, STX; also, Clifton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and double-major (History, and History of Culture) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Clifton attended a post-secondary education school in Pula, Republic of Croatia, as a U.S. Foreign Exchange Student, which preceded his appointment to the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.


Publications include government citations, testimonies and field hearings, which are as follows:

Jensen, L., ed. Forthcoming. (as cited in Dower, B., Flanagan, C., Gallay, E., Pykett, A., Skye, C. and Smallwood, M.). “The Environmental Commons: Collective Moral Actions and Policies.” The Oxford Handbook of Moral Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.

U.S. State Department, (2011, September 29, as cited in Skye, C., and recited by Skye, M., 2011). Public Comments: Keystone XL Pipeline Oil Project. Best Western Ramkota, 920 West Sioux Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota 57502, 12:00 pm, 39.

Skye, C. (2011, May 3). Native American Public Witness Testimony-Fiscal Year 2012. U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, 112th Congress, Second Session, 1091.

Skye, C. (2010, November 14-19). Resolution ABQ-10-004. National Congress of American Indians, 10th Annual Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

U.S. Forest Service, (2009, November 23, as cited in Skye, 2009). Motorized Travel Management: Final Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 1.R5-MB-202, 405.

Skye, C. (2008, March 13) Public Witness Testimony-Native Americans-Fiscal Year 2009. U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, 110th Congress, Second Session, 266-272.

Skye, C. (2005, November 18). Public Witness Presentation-2005 Interim. South Dakota State Legislature, State Tribal Relations Study Committee, State Capitol, Room 412, 500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota, 2.

Film Credits

Skye, C. (1994, October 16). “Special Thanks.” Bonfiglio, L., Sertner, R.M., and von Zerneck, F. (Executive Producers), Pierson, F. (Director). Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (Television move). United States: Turner Home Video, and Malofilm Home Video.


Clifton, enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, began an early career focus of Indian Country, obtaining practical knowledge, skills and abilities on program administration, and project and contract management in federal agencies, Indian tribal governments, tribal organizations and private entities. Early experiences in federal, state and tribal legislation led to Clifton’s primary academic focus of engaged scholarship and a career focus of research scientist, concentrating on policies of transnational indigeneity, self-determination, reconciliation, and related indigenous affairs. Special interests include the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) of 2007, Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act of 1975 (Public Law 93-638, as amended), and Wisconsin Act 31 of 1989, and related indigenous affairs.

Degree Program

  • Civil Society & Community Research