Dr. Michael Yellow Bird
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies at North Dakota State University. He is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes from North Dakota. His academic work and research focus on Indigenous Peoples; the effects of genetic and epigenetic expression on Indigenous Peoples well-being; the effects of an ancestral lifestyle, including a focus on the Indigenous microbiome, diet, and fasting; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing mindfulness; and the culture and science of neurodecolonization. He has been active in re-introducing the practice of mindfulness to Native American and Indigenous communities around the world, as well as presenting on the neurobiology of traditional Indigenous contemplative practices.