Violence Against Native & Indigenous Identities: Unearthing and Healing Our Communities

Sat, March 29, 2014 | CLA 1.302E

4:00 PM

The Native American and Indigenous Collective (NAIC) and the graduate student organization--Native American and Indigenous Peoples Association (NAIPA)--are proud to announce our third annual symposium, Violence Against Native & Indigenous Identities: Unearthing and Healing Our Communities, to be held from March 27-29, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin, and Alma-de Mujer Center-For Social-Change, respectively. This symposium will be dedicated to addressing the different ways violence is manifested and resisted within and between Native American, Indigenous, and First Nations communities.

Violence Against Native & Indigenous Identities: Unearthing and Healing Our Communities is a symposium that will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and performances by Indigenous leaders and scholars concerning the themes of violence and healing within and across Native American and Indigenous communities. We will have the honor to host Andrea Smith as this year’s keynote speaker. Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is a scholar, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. NAIC will also be hosting Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist Frank Waln, whose music looks at Native American history and the ghost thereof that continues to haunt the present. Additionally, we will be hosting Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk) whose work focuses on the problems of First Nations recognition and the analysis of citizenship and nationhood formations that occur in spite of settler colonial governance and imposition. The event will also include the participation of several other native elders, leaders and intellectuals of the local Austin area who will address how their communities are afflicted by and are combating symbolic, structural, and/or physical violence. Through this symposium we seek to unite and empower indigenous students, enrich campus diversity and intellectual development, open spaces for dialogue and conversation about native issues and ensure that our future generations will experience a more safe and inclusive campus for all. We hope to continue to see an unveiling and upsurge of indigenous issues and identities at the university and within the broader world. We want to continue to foster a legacy in which indigenous students and future scholars are recognized and heard on our campus.

We are working to have ASL interpreting.

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