One Nation or Many Nations in One? Racism, Romanticism and American Indian Issues Today

Friday, May 9, 2014

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Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are not only defined by their ethnic identity, but also by federal, state, and tribal laws. The University of Minnesota is situated on Dakota land, yet, only one percent of its students are American Indian. How can the campus be more welcoming and what role does the University play in closing the achievement gap? How does the University’s role in advancing agricultural technology affect traditional crops? Panel members will share personal and professional perspectives and engage participants in a dynamic dialogue about the impact of historical and current laws, treaties, and practices on American Indian people.

This is a companion to the Office for Equity and Diversity's Critical Conversations about Diversity and Social Justice series at the University of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the University Libraries.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.

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  • Luohua, J., Manson, S. M., Beals, J., Henderson, W. G., Haixiao, H., Acton, K. J., & Roubideaux, Y. (2014). Preventing Diabetes in American Indian Communities. Diabetes Care 2013;36:1820-1822. Diabetes Care, 37(2), e35-e36.
  • Bang, M., Curley, L., Kessel, A., Marin, A., Suzukovich, E. S., & Strack, G. (2014). Muskrat theories, tobacco in the streets, and living Chicago as Indigenous land. Environmental Education Research, 20(1), 37-55.
  • Melmer, D. (1996, Sep 02). Plastic indians: A two-part series; the exploitation of american indian culture. Indian Country Today.
  • Tatonetti, L. (2014). The erotics of sovereignty: Queer native writing in the era of self-determination. American Indian Quarterly, 38(1), 119-122.
  • Panelists

  • Peggy Flanagan, (White Earth Band of Ojibway) Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota
  • David Isham, (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) Robbinsdale Area Schools, Indian Education
  • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, (Mdewakantunwan Dakota) Associate Professor at Saint Cloud State University in American Indian Studies and Director, Multicultural Resource Center
  • David Wilkins, (Lumbee) Professor, University of Minnesota American Indian Studies
  • Moderator

  • Karl Lorenz, (Lummi) Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences
  • More Resources

    To explore further see the Selected Resources for American Indian Studies.

    This page was create by Jody Gray, Diversity Outreach Librarian