Published: March 26, 2019

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Student Commons Building 1401

On the survival of Indigenous Nations in the face of colonization, Lakota scholar Joseph M. Marshall, III wrote, "we relied on being the kind of people our stories told us our ancestors had been, and we remained true to ourselves and to them".

Traditional formations of Indigeneity have historically been characterized by intricate relations within and among Indigenous Nations. With invasion, imposed invader state definitions of Indigeneity accelerated the colonization and erasure of Indigenous Nations. This presentation examines the link between invader state definitions of Indigeneity and the advancement of the colonial interests of the state, as well as movements to reclaim Indigeneity among self-identified, mixed, and young Indigenous individuals. Student presenters will also provide reflections on the 2019 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference, hosted in Aotearoa (New Zealand), and how such experiences play a role in the reaffirmation of Indigenous identities among upcoming generations of Indigenous scholars.

Featuring: Jessica Romero, B.S. in Biology, completing Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands Certificate

Bryanna Shaw, B.A in Political Science, completing M.A. in Political Science

Sky Roosevelt-Morris, B.A in Political Science, completing M.A. in Political Science

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