Sioux Oliva is an American historian and lecturer. Born in in Buffalo, New York and raised in San Diego, California, Sioux earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California in 1999. Her first project was managing a non-profit website to introduce the teachings of The Urantia Book to a wider audience sponsored by Lyn and Norman Lear. Some of her other notable projects and clients include assisting Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy organize her personal papers at her home, Hickory Hill, in McLean, VA; designing a research scheme for the Estate of Marilyn Monroe; doing four family history projects and cataloging thousands of documents found in Grey Gardens for Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee; and research projects for The Getty and The City of Los Angeles, and The Autry Museum of the American West. Sioux lives outside of Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and their two Field Setters.
Sioux has been published in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Virginia Living, and wrote a chapter, “Winning the Sovereignty Jackpot: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Struggle for Sovereignty” in the book Indian Gaming: Who Wins?
In addition to writing history, Sioux practices her craft doing unique historical projects for private clients in five areas:
Legacy Planning & Coordination — Aided Estate and Trust Attorneys, families and individuals, in defining goals for their estate assets and completing that plan once approved
Family Inventories & Archiving — Suggested, created, and managed the design and installation of secure, archival-based storage for family collections according to professional standards. Organized a family inventory using current museum-specific software
Family History — Served as Project Historian, created and organized family histories using documents, photographs, memorabilia, and by oral histories through employing the techniques and standards utilized by historians for preservation purposes
Research Options for the Disposition of Legacy Collections — Advised clients as to their options, whether the collection is to be gifted, sold, or passed down in the family.