Expert on visual communication
- Native American history, culture and communication; Native American environmental issues
- Video documentary production
- Journalists of color
- Board of directors, Unity Journalists of Color
- Honorary doctorates in Humane Letters, Edgewood College, 2003, and in Public Service, Northland College, 2002
- Wisconsin Writers Assocation Best Juvenile Nonfiction, 2003, for "Native People of Wisconsin"
- Outstanding Book Award, Wisconsin Library Association, 2001, for "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal"