Native American Heritage Month Speakers at IUPUI

Here is a list of speakers at IUPUI related to Native American Heritage Month. As you see, the topics of discussion are related to issues of politics, human rights, democratization, as well as issues of self-determination, which are very important in international relations.

Everyday Acts of Resurgence: Indigenous Pathways to Self-Determination, Conversation with Jeff Corntassel, Ph.D (Director, Indigenous Governance Program, University of Victoria. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada). November 10 2015, 3pm-5pm, IUPUI Campus Center Room 409, Indianapolis, IN
Amidst ongoing, contemporary colonialism and new threats to Indigenous Nations, we will discuss everyday acts of resurgence and the restoration of land-based practices within Native communities today. By drawing on several comparative examples of resurgence from Cherokees in Kituwah, Lekwungen protection of camas (in Victoria, British Columbia) and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) revitalization of kalo, we will examine strategies for re-asserting the self-determining authority of Indigenous Nations and new pathways for representing themselves on their own terms. Sponsored by IUPUI American Indian Program.  
Sovereignty, Democracy and the Survival of a Nation. Panel discussion with Dr. Jeff Corntassel, Onondaga Nation Chief Jake Edwards and Dr. Walter Robinson. November 11 2015, 6pm-8pm, IUPUI Campus Center Theater
This panel will focus on ways that Indigenous Nations are reasserting their self-determining authority and community governance amidst contemporary challenges to their health, well-being and survival. We will examine spiritual, political, historical and social dimensions of Indigenous Sovereignty and how this lays the groundwork for the very survival and resurgence of Indigenous Nations today. Sponsored by Native American & Indigenous Studies Program.
Keepers of the Wampum: The Foundations of the United States Constitution with Chief Jake Edwards (Onondaga Nation). November 12 2015, 3pm-4:30pm, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art-Clowes Sculpture Room
Jake Edwards, holds the Title of Hoyonyehni (Chief) with the Traditional Chiefs & Council at the Onondaga Nation (The Central Firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy). He will discuss the significance of the wampum shell, the role from a customary, spiritual & ceremonial perspective and how wampum laid the foundational principles and structure of the United States Constitution. Sponsored by the IUPUI Native American & Indigenous Studies Program; IUPUI Multicultural Center; Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art and the Indiana Native American and Indian Affairs Commission. 


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