Heše'éveeséhe náhésetsêhésevéhe. Nátsêhéstahe naa ná ôh-méseestse. Vóhpoométanéno návo'êstanéheve.Náhko'éehe “Áeméóná'e” ehésetsêhésevéhe. Heške, “Evana'hane'e” ehésetsêhésevéhe. Heške, “Hahnomâhe'hehe” ehésetsêhésevéhe. Heške, “Eseovoeva'e” ehésetsêhésevéhe. Naa eho “Vooheheve” ehésetsêhésevéhe. Onéhanótâxeo'o návo'êstanéheve. Hohnóhkao'o náestáha.

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope that we share interests and the desire to promote happiness, healthiness, and prosperity in Indian communities, among Indian people, and with our non-Indian neighbors. We, you and I, have chosen to undertake challenges that few have in the past, and that even fewer may undertake today and in the future. My goals in life fall in line with the words of my great-great-grandfather, Vooheheve: “All that we ask is that we be allowed to live, and to live in peace."


Leo Killsback is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. He is citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of southeastern Montana. He grew up in the village of Busby and culturally and spiritually identifies as a Cheyenne person, and continues to contribute to the survivial of Cheyenne cultural and spiritual ways. As a professional, academic, scholar, and author he has researched and published works related to tribal customary law, historical theory, and American Indian history, culture and philosophy.

Killsback earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in American Indian Studies with emphases on tribal government, tribal law, federal Indian law, and American Indian culture and spirituality. Killsback’s dissertation entitled, The Chiefs’ Prophecy: the Destruction of Original Cheyenne Leadership During the Critical Era, 1876-1935, is an epic history of Northern Cheyenne leadership, governance, and principles of governance and good living. He recast this work in preparation for publication in a forthcoming two-volume book entitled Prophecy of Chiefs: Tribal Leadership and Warrior Citizenship. The second volume will be titled Prophecy of Chiefs: Colonizing and Decolonizing the Cheyenne Nation. Written from a Cheyenne-centered perspective, his work uses traditional Cheyenne philosophies and oral traditions, as well as decolonizing theories and methodologies, to examine traditional principles of tribal leadership, citizenship, and governance to track the historic problems specific, but not isolated, to the modern Northern Cheyenne situations.

Killsback’s primary academic and research interests are in tribal government, tribal law, traditional customary law, indigenous leadership, American Indian spirituality, and Plains Indian history and culture. Killsback is dedicated to reclaiming and rewriting the history of the Great Plains, but is also a student of critical theories in race, racism, stereotypes, and decolonization. Most, if not all, of his work and service focuses on protecting Indian and Indigenous rights, tribal sovereignty, justice, and truth and reconciliation, especially pertaining to a lifelong goal to promote healing to the pain and suffering inflicted by boarding schools and assimilation-based policies.

Killsback is known for independently producing, filming, directing, and editing a one-hour documentary film on the history of Cheyenne leadership entitled The Chiefs’ Prophecy: Survival of the Northern Cheyenne Nation (2009). This film has been showcased internationally at film festivals and conferences, including the 34th Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions convention at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Killsback teaches undergraduate courses like Introduction to American Indians Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Film, Indigenous Media and Image-Making, Principles of American Indian Leadership, and American Indian Research Methods at ASU. Killsback also teaches a graduate Research Methods course and American Indian Leadership and Resistance. Before arriving at ASU, Killsback taught several courses as an adjunct instructor at Tohono O’odham Community College in Sells, Arizona including Tribal Law and numerous mathematics courses. He has also taught Anthropology and American Indian Studies courses at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Killsback taught reading and writing courses at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Montana, his home community on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Killsback continues to serve the Northern Cheyenne community contributing services to Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and the Northern Cheyenne Cultural Commission. He also remains as a committee member for the Fort Robinson Breakout Descendants and the Rosebud Battlefield and Battle of the Wolf Mountains Preservation Committee.

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Telephone: +480-727-0061
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E-mail: Leo.Killsback@asu.edu
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Tempe, AZ 85287-4603

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