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Posts tagged "Native American"

Borderlands and Indigeneity in Conversation
28-29 March, 2013
Columbia University

Presented by: The Collaborations on Indigenous Studies Project (CISP); The Center for International History at Columbia University (CIH); The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies (OASIES)

Scholars in various disciplines have conventionally studied borderlands as a question of geography. “Borderlands” imply the existence of borders that separate physical geographies; but borderlands can also constitute a distinct space in its own right. We propose to rethink “land” so as to include non-physical domains such as cultural, social, linguistic, environmental, and theoretical spaces. In this context, “borders” come to signify a process of interaction, circulation, as well as separation between physical and/or non-physical spaces. Indigeneity is taken to imply first-order connections between group and locality. It indexes an originariness that places “natives” in relation to immigrant or settler “others.” Experiences of colonization in the past and present continue to formulate indigeneity as a global political category which presents claims against nation-states for their conquest, inhumane or genocidal treatment, and dislocation from ancestral lands. Yet, the emergent vitality of indigenous subjectivites—modes of relating to and action within a transforming world— suggests a potentially fruitful synergy between indigeneity and borderlands.

In an effort to explore intersections of spaces, time periods, and disciplines, we seek to bring together scholars working on relationships between indigeneity and borderlands. We encourage submissions that challenge the concepts of indigeneity and borderlands in relation to the themes below. Submissions are invited from all disciplines and areas, including those where ideas about indigeneity and borderlands have not traditionally structured academic discussions.

  • Applying indigeneity to borders and borderlands
  • Creating indigeneity in the borders
  • Conceptualizing borders outside the nation
  • Borders in relation to colonization and decolonization
  • The indigenous and the subaltern
  • Construction and deconstruction of borders
  • Imagining borders and inhabiting the borderlands
  • Lived experiences at borders or in borderlands
  • Human and non-human agents in constructing borders
  • Migration and circulation
  • Science and technology
  • Conceptions of the natural

Graduate students interested in participating should submit a paper abstract not exceeding 300 words and a recent CV as email attachments (PDF or Word format) by January 13, 2013 to the colloquium organizers at Participants will be notified in early February, 2013.

4 January 2013
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on a planned meeting with a delegation of First Nations leaders coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations:

"On January 24, 2012, I was pleased to participate in the historic Crown-First Nations Gathering. On that day, the Government of Canada and First Nations committed to making progress in the following areas:

  • Improving relationships and strong partnerships between Canada and First Nations respectful of Aboriginal and Treaty rights as recognized and affirmed in the  Constitution Act, 1982;
  • Building effective, appropriate, transparent and fully accountable governance structures;
  • Empowering success of individuals through access to education and opportunity;
  • Enabling strong, sustainable, and self-sufficient communities;
  • Creating conditions to accelerate economic development opportunities and maximize benefits for all Canadians;
  • Respecting the role of First Nations’ culture and language in our history and future.

"The Government and First Nations committed at the Gathering to maintaining the relationship through an ongoing dialogue that outlines clear goals and measures of progress and success.  While some progress has been made, there is more that must be done to improve outcomes for First Nations communities across Canada.

"It is in this spirit of ongoing dialogue that, together with Minister Duncan, I will be participating in a working meeting with a delegation of First Nations leaders coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations on January 11, 2013. This working meeting will focus on two areas flowing from the Gathering: the treaty relationship and aboriginal rights, and economic development.

"The Government of Canada and First Nations have an enduring historic relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and support. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening this relationship."

Activist and Poet William Brandon Lacy Campos Dies at 35

Poet, writer, and activist William Brandon Lacy Campos has died. He was discovered on Friday night in his apartment in New York. The cause of death has not been announced. Campos was 35.

Campos authored the poetry collection “It Ain’t Truth If It Doesn’t Hurt,” was a contributor to the anthology “From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction,” and authored a blog called “Queer, Poz and Colored: The Essentials” at He was also the former co-executive director at Queers for Economic Justice, a non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation.

Campos was born in Minnesota and became an activist in his teens, becoming the co-chair of the National Queer Student Coalition at age 20. He wrote and spoke passionately about not only the broader political landscape, but also about his own emotional journey and challenges as a queer person of color.

According to Rod 2.0 a Facebook status update made by Campos’ father confirmed his son had passed away. The news rocked LGBT and progressive organizing and artist circles this weekend, prompting an outpouring of support and grief on Facebook pages.

Campos was multi-racial and as Rod 2.0 points out, discussed the intersections of race, colorism, sexuality and gender just days before he passed away in a keynote address he delivered at Tuft University’s annual Black Solidarity Day on Monday, Nov. 6. The speech was called “A New Kind of Blackness.”

An excerpt from “A New Kind of Blackness” is published below.

“I’ve spent a long time thinking about blackness. About, roughly, all of my 35 years walking around this planet. I guess that makes me some sort of an expert, but mostly it makes me confused, angry, celebratory, conflicted, colonized, dehumanized, aggrandized, powerful, vulnerable, righteous, and a whole host of other adjectives.

“I am standing in front of you a black, white, Ojibwe, Afro-Boricua, HIV positive, queer man. And I am just as black as any of you. You are my community, you are my salvation. I am in community with my queer and trans black family and being queer or trans doesn’t make you less black than anyone else. It’s time for us to realize that HIV stopped being a white gay disease a long time ago, it’s now a black and Latin[o] disease and it’s time to hold up our positive brothers and sisters as our own. No more high yellow and midnight blue conversations when talking about skin unless its to talk about how that high yellow or midnight blue person rocked your socks last night.”

The video at the top of this page is of William Brandon Lacy Campos delivering a speech on reproductive justice and HIV at CLPP & PopDev’s 26th annual activist conference.

[Source: Colorlines]

Rest in power, William Brandon Lacy Campos.


As we all know and are excited for, November is Native American Heritage Month! How do you plan on celebrating?

To embrace this time of year check your local PBS listings to view Native Stories such as “Standing Bear’s Footsteps”, “GRAB”, “Racing the Rez”, “Sun Kissed”, “Smokin’ Fish”, “The Thick Dark Fog” and “Barking Water”!

My collaborative project Discovering Our Story utilizes documentary of personal narratives to address the most dire health issues in the Native American community namely: Type 2 Diabetes, Domestic Violence, Addictions and Mental Health. By creating culturally appropriate materials for both classroom and clinical use these videos and curriculum are shared online are being tested and researched within various sites across the US. SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) has given their support in order for it to become a best practice model.

My project would serve to address the communication between the researchers and project administrators working remotely by creating a virtual classroom to support it’s success. My project will also provide the non-profit Wisdom of the Elders (WISDOM) with a fee-for-service resource to provide continuing education credits to train more teachers and clinicians in the use of the materials. - Peta Mni

SIGNAL BOOST!!!! You can help my classmate Peta win $10,000 to fund this project - it only takes one click to vote!!!! You do not need to be affiliated with The New School to participate.

We don’t believe in boundaries. Borders. Nothing like that. We are here thousands of years before the first whites. We are here before maps or quit claims. We know where we belong on this earth. We have always moved freely. North-south. East-west. We pay no attention to what isn’t real. Imaginary lines. Imaginary minutes and hours. Written law. We recognize none of that. And we carry a great many things back and forth. We don’t see any border. We have been here and this has continued thousands of years. We don’t stop. No one stops us.
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If it’s because I object to the use of Blackface and other anti-Black nonsense then yeah…. I’ll totally accept that award.

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