Eric Tippeconnic

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Eric Tippeconnic, Ph.D.

Eric Tippeconnic, Ph.D.



I was born in Nome, Alaska and have lived on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in northern California, The San Carlos Apache reservation in eastern Arizona and adjacent to Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico as well as near Cochiti Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico.  My college career began when I attended Colorado State University on a football scholarship. During this time I was fortunate to earn all-conference honors at linebacker, All America honorable mention and in 1992 I was named to the CSU All Century football team as one of the top 22 players in the first one hundred years of CSU football. We played in two bowl games, the Australian Gridiron Bowl in Melbourne, Australia and the 1990 Freedom Bowl in Anaheim California defeating the Oregon Ducks.

My father is a Comanche originally from southwest Oklahoma and my mother is from Copenhagen, Denmark. My mother is the only one from her family that lives in the United States. Just about every other year my family journeyed to Denmark during the summer to visit family. During alternate summer breaks I often ventured to Oklahoma to visit my Comanche side. This background has provided me the opportunity to grow up and experience three distinct worlds, mainstream America, Indigenous America, and Denmark. These opportunities provided me with the motivation to become a lifelong learner. In addition to being a professor of history I have had the opportunity to sing on two Native American drum group album recordings, first for the Broken Heart Singers (Kiva Records), and second for Alliance West – The Warriors Edge: Songs of the Southern Plains. My original artwork also adorns the covers of these two albums. I am also a professional fine artist.  I have been drawing and painting my entire life. My work is currently exhibited at three galleries including True West of Santa Fe, Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Tubac, Arizona, and at Kasum Contemporary Fine Art in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Ph.D., University of New Mexico

M.A., University of Colorado at Denver

B.A., Colorado State University

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Scholarly Work

Doctorate Dissertation:

“God Dogs and Education: Comanche Traditional Cultural Innovation and Three Generations of Tippeconnic Men.”