Nancy Fields

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Nancy Strickland Fields 18-year museum career has been focused in museum education and administration. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; and The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. Her current role is Director and Curator of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Pembroke, North Carolina.

She is the first Lumbee graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies. Nancy earned a master’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Nancy’s area of research focuses on Southeastern Native peoples and the American colonial experience.

Nancy is a member of the Lumbee Tribe. Her family resides in and around the Pembroke area. She was raised in Charlotte with very close ties to her family in Robeson County.

Teaching Interests

Indigenous Museum Methodologies

Cultural Inclusion and Indigenous Voice in Museums and Historic Sites

Southeastern American Indian History During the American Colonial Period

American Indian Slavery and Colonial Food Commodities


Nancy's current research projects are in partnership with NC State agriculture professor Dr. Holland surrounding ancestral corn reclamation among the North Carolina tribes. In addition, working with the Waccamaw-Siouan community to research and help restore riparian traditions on Lake Waccamaw and the Cape Fear River.


BA in Museum Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts (2006)

MA in History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2016)