John Red Horse, Indigenous Social Work Educator Elder


  • Priscilla A. Day University of MN Duluth
  • Evie Campbell University of MN Duluth


Dr. John Red Horse, educator, elder, indigenous


This is a narrative reflection on one Indigenous elder in the social work profession who has influenced many other social work educators, both Native and non-Native. In his early years, Dr. John Red Horse worked as a social worker in the Indigenous community but for most of his career, he was an academic in social work and American Indian Studies programs. His works and legacy have proven to be an inspiration for those who follow.


Author Biography

Priscilla A. Day, University of MN Duluth

Priscilla A. Day, MSW, Ed.D., professor, Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Director for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies. Dr. Day is an Anishinaabe tribal member of the Leech Lake Reservation  who researches American Indian family preservation.




How to Cite

Day, P. A., & Campbell, E. (2016). John Red Horse, Indigenous Social Work Educator Elder. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 21(2), 64–67. Retrieved from