The Native American and Indigenous Student Assembly presents UT's First Annual Native American and Indigenous Student Symposium, "Uniting the Eagle and the Condor." The keynote panel will discuss building indigenous transnational solidarities. This event is free and open to all. If you wish to secure a seat, please RSVP to email@example.com. This event takes place in the Alkiva Auditorium, SZB 104.
The keynote panel includes:
DR. MARGO TAMEZ - Dr. Tamez was born in Konitsaii gokiyaa ('Lipan Country'). She grew up in South Texas and in traditional Rancherias along the Lower Grande River. She is a distinguished Native American scholar, poet and human rights defender, primarily known for her work with the US-Mexican border wall project and its impacts on the Nde' (Lipan) communities. She currently teaches Indigenous and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia bridging gender, environmental racism and international law.
DEBRA WHITE PLUME - Debra is the founder of the Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) International Justice Project at Pine Ridge Reservation. Debra is a delegate of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a former activist of the American Indian Movement (AIM). She is known as an author, artist and activist leading a movement for water rights against the threats posed by the Keystone XL oil pipeline affecting the Oglala Lakota Nation.
SANTOS DE LA CRUZ CARRILLO - Mr. Cruz Carrillo is an attorney and activist from the Wixarika community in Durango, Mexico. He has been the main plaintiff against twenty-two approved Canadian mines in the sacred territory of Wirikuta. He has traveled internationally to petition the protection of the Huichol's cultural and spiritual rights. Mr. Cruz Carrillo is currently the appointed official and president of the San Hipolito Banks in the state of Durango.
ARMANDO LOZAIGA - Mr. Lozaiga is the co-founder and co-director of the Nierika project, an organization based out of Mexico that seeks to develop a multi-dimensional spiritual field for healing, harmony, purpose and direction. He is also a board member of the Frente en Defensa de Wirikuta (Wirikuta Defense Front), the main organization fighting against mining in sacred Wixarika territories.