Biden appoints Miami U director for National Humanities Council
President Joe Biden appoints the Executive Director of the University of Miami’s Myaamia Center to the National Council for the Humanities. Daryl Baldwin has been a driving force behind the center for decades and is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.
The goal of the center is to advance the Myaamia Nation, from which the University of Miami takes its name, with an emphasis on language, culture and history.
“The University of Miami congratulates Daryl Baldwin on this prestigious appointment to the National Council for the Humanities,” Miami President Gregory Crawford said in a statement to WVXU. “Daryl’s work on the Native American language and cultural revitalization projects for the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages and his work with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma through the Myaamia Center are having a tremendous impact. that will be felt for generations to come. Miami is a place for pioneers and innovators, with the humanities at heart, and Daryl and his important work are shining examples. “
Work began at the University of Miami in 2000 on a language revitalization project to preserve and invigorate the Myaamia language. This one-person mission became the Myaamia project, then the full-fledged project Myaamia Center in 2013.
Baldwin received a MacArthur “Genius Fellowship” in 2016 for his work as a leader in Native American language and cultural revitalization. He is also co-director of the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages.
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma was recognized by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard for its cultural heritage and language revitalization program in 2018. It received the Honoring Nations Award from the Harvard Project on Native American Economic Development.
Biography of Baldwin’s White House
Baldwin’s ancestors were active in the political affairs of the nation of Miami dating back to the 18th century, and he continues this dedication to tribal self-determination through his linguistic and cultural revitalization efforts today. Baldwin was born in the middle of the 20th century, at a time when the last speakers of his original language were passing. This loss motivated him to start seeking documented linguistic resources and linguistic support, which ultimately led him to pursue an MA in English Linguistics at the University of Montana. With the support of his wife Karen, they embarked together in 1991 on the difficult work of raising their four children with the language in a home school environment, which lasted for 18 years.
Daryl was born and raised in Northwestern Ohio and currently resides with his wife Karen on their family farm in Liberty, Indiana. Together, they have four children and two grandchildren who continue to inspire and encourage a hopeful future towards the sustainability of their tribal nation.