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Race and Ethnic Studies

The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium

The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium is an annual gathering that shines light on Indigenous Peoples’ history, culture and spirituality through presentations, films, performances and workshops. The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium is coordinated by a planning committee of University faculty and staff, and local indigenous scholars and activists. Mary Anne Angel founded Circle of Light, which launched the Colloquium, in 2000.

NPAC 2021: #LandBack: Indigenous Sovereignty and Self-Determination

Above artwork, LAND BACK (Version 2), 2021, from Whess Harman

All four sessions will be broadcast over Zoom, and are open to everyone. Please click on the links below to register for each session: 

Oct. 18, 2021 

Indigenous Art & Activism, 4-5:30 p.m.

Jim Denomie (Lac Court Oreilles Band of Ojibwe) and Whess Harman (Carrier Wit’at) will share their art and discuss how they craft it to advance Indigenous rights.

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Respecting the Land, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Leon Briggs (Seneca Nation, Tonawanda Reserve) will discuss land use and sovereignty, as well as the protection of sacred medicinal plants for the next seven generations. His talk will include the importance of creating and maintaining natural green spaces, specifically those incorporating indigenous plants.

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Oct. 19, 2021

Sovereignty in Law and Letters: Mary Kathryn Nagle, 4-5:30 p.m.

Litigator and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) will discuss the role of courts in asserting and preserving tribal sovereignty.

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Recognition, Reclamation and Rematriation: Contemporary Land Back Movements, 7-8:30 p.m.

Corinna Gould (Lisjan Ohlone) from Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, Chase Iron Eyes (Oglala Sioux) from Lakota People’s Law Project and Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc) from Tiny House Warriors will detail the work they pursue to protect the sovereign land rights of their nations, as well as the importance of making Indigenous knowledge visible as a necessary alternative to ongoing settler colonial practices.  

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Race and Ethnic Studies Program