I’m an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation and have been published numerous journals and magazines: Illusions, Trauma Magazine, Native Peoples Magazine, Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, New Plains Review, and First American Art Magazine. My book, Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study, is available from McFarland publications. I received two separate Bachelor degrees, both cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma: one in Native American Studies and another in Film – and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 3D Modeling from the Academy of Art University. I achieved the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in Okinawan Karate in 2011, was awarded the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 2013, and currently teach karate classes at the ABQ Okinawan Karate dojo in Albuquerque, NM.
I’m formerly both a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. I was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s Native American Award and appointed as an intern at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. I previously served as appointed Tax Commissioner for the Caddo Nation and held a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Caddo Heritage Museum.
Some professional achievements include: Director of Animation for a feature film, credits on a shipped video game for Nintendo Wii, Android App published on Google Play, and art purchased for the Red Cloud Museum’s permanent collection.
My comic book character, Dark Owl, is featured in INC’s Universe #0. Literati Presents “What The Stars Must Think Of Us”, features a story written by Mary Skaggs and illustrated by me. In addition to my book, I’ve been awarded US Federal Contracts to create comic book illustrations in various museum displays for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and prominently featured in AH Comics’ Kickstarter-funded, MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comic Collection, volumes 1, 2, and 3. For volume 1, Michael wrote the volume’s introduction as well as the story “Strike & Bolt”, illustrated by George Freeman (Captain Canuck). In volume 2, Michael wrote the introduction as well as, “Do Wild Turkeys Dream of Electric Drums?”, illustrated by Kim Hunter. For the the upcoming volume 3, Michael is co-editing along with Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe, Métis, and settler-Irish) and contributing the story, “Xenesi: The Traveler”, illustrated by Roy Boney (Cherokee).