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Recognizing Indigenous Pasts, Presents, and Futures: A Conversation on Land Acknowledgements

November 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Recognizing Indigenous Pasts, Presents, and Futures: A Conversation on Land Acknowledgements
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. https://springfield.zoom.us/j/95837094804
Sponsored by the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement

Join Margaret Bruchac, PhD, and Rhonda Anderson for a “fireside chat” on the topic of land acknowledgments. The event will be co-moderated by Calvin R. Hill, PhD, vice president for inclusion and community engagement, and Springfield College student Jahlina Carter, Class of 2023.

Increasingly, academic institutions and organizations are embracing the practice of opening events by speaking the names of regional Native American tribal nations, thereby calling attention to the Indigenous histories of the lands we stand upon. These words, designed to counteract the routine erasures of the colonial past, can also serve as a first step to improving public awareness of Native American nations in the present.

Panelists will shed light on the purpose of land acknowledgements, why they have become both popular and necessary, and how they could be applied to policies and practices at Springfield College. The group also will discuss related contemporary issues that affect Native American nations in Massachusetts and across the Northeast region. A Q&A will follow the discussion.

Margaret M. Bruchac (Abenaki) is an associate professor of anthropology, coordinator of Native American and Indigenous studies, and consulting scholar to the American section of the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rhonda Anderson (Iñupiaq) is the western Massachusetts commissioner on Indian Affairs and founder and co-director of both the Ohketeau Cultural Council and the Native Youth Empowerment Foundation.

This event, sponsored by the Springfield College Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lisa Holm at lholm@springfield.edu or (413) 748-3050.

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