Over the past several years, researchers on Clemson’s campus have committed to identifying and uncovering the history of colonization and slavery directly connected to this campus. In an effort to honor tribal communities that inhabited this land, we recognize Indigenous People’s Day to decolonize the historical narratives, while building awareness about the importance of preserving Native American languages, culture, traditions, and identity.
Indigenous People's Day Speaker
Speaker: Dr. Waziyatawin, Dakota Nation
October 9, 2018
Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota. She earned her PhD in American History from Cornell University and has held tenured positions at Arizona State University and the University of Victoria where she also served as the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program. Waziyatawin has been working for Upper Sioux's Tribal Historic Preservation Office since 2016, serving for a period as the THP Officer, conducting traditional cultural property surveying and monitoring work, and most recently, compiling a history of her community. She is also Executive Director of the Dakota nonprofit Makoce Ikikcupi, a reparative justice project supporting Dakota reclamation of homeland. Committed to sustainability and simplicity, she is been experimenting with these concepts in her personal life. She is the author or co/editor of six volumes, including What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland (Living Justice Press, 2008) and For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (SAR Press, 2012), edited with Michael Yellow Bird.
Professional Development Workshop: Decolonizing Education
1:00pm-2:30pm in Meeting Room B, Hendrix Student Center
Decolonizing Education, designed for faculty, staff, and graduate students, will focus on the importance of cultivating our relationship to the natural world and the true source of life. The workshop will explore educational methods that provide liberatory pedagogical approaches. RSVP by Tuesday, October 2nd here: https://tinyurl.com/decolonizeedu
Keynote - Making Things Right: The Difficulty of Reparative Justice in a Colonial Context
6:30pm-8:00pm in McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center
Viewed through the lens of the Dakota experience under United States colonial occupation, this presentation will explore the challenges of reparative justice work in Minisota Makoce (Land Where the Waters Reflect the Skies). Beginning with a brief history of harms to the people and land, Waziyatawin will then discuss today's anti-colonial justice efforts in Dakota homeland and the implications for indigenous homelands throughout the United States.
Sponsored by the Gantt Multicultural Center. Contact Jerad Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-656-7625 for more information or accessibility needs.