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Poetics of Unsettlement: Settler Colonialism, Environmental Crisis, & Indigenous Studies

Poetics of Unsettlement: Settler Colonialism, Environmental Crisis, & Indigenous Studies *** FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH, 8PM, HAYES HALL, SOUTH CAMPUS SARAH DOWLING, KEYNOTE LECTURE: "Siting Appropriation: Contemporary Poetics and the Racial Regime of Ownership," based on her new monograph Translingual Poetics: Writing Personhood under Settler Colonialism. ~ Reception to follow ~ SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, 9:30AM-4PM, 120 CLEMENS HALL, NORTH CAMPUS: Join us for a session reflecting on Sarah’s lecture; roundtable discussions of a collectively curated mini-curriculum on settler colonialism and decolonization; an artist talk by poet James Thomas Stevens; creative analysis and dismantlement of colonial texts/objects; a collaborative critical-creative workshop towards thinking and writing decolonization. SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, 8PM, JUST BUFFALO LITERARY CENTER, 468 WASHINGTON ST., 2NDFL: JAMES THOMAS STEVENS, KEYNOTE POETRY READING ~ Refreshments to follow ~ Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided to participants in the Colloquium. Please visit our RSVP site to access the curriculum and reserve meals. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfimr8mMa0youoZsnx4u9vzZ98bEAH1cCNEl4omZFQXBaUaQ/viewform.

Think Inidigenous: Richard Oakes and the Red Power Movement

As the University at Buffalo marks the anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement with exhibitions, installations, and programming centered on the theme “Revolution: Civil Rights at UB, 1960-1975,” the Indigenous Inclusion Subcommittee and the Haudenosaunee-Native American Research Group, with support from the Department of History, are pleased to welcome historian Kent Blansett to campus for a talk about the Red Power movement of this period and the important work of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes. On Monday, March 25 at 5 pm Prof. Kent Blansett will give a public talk, Think Indigenous: Richard Oakes and the Red Power Movement. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in 10 Capen (The Buffalo Room).​ Drawing from his recent book A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement (Yale University Press, 2018), Professor Blansett will discuss Richard Oakes’s critical role in early years of Red Power activism in the 1960s & 1970s. This presentation is particularly timely as 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the takeover of Alcatraz Island by the organization Indians of All Tribes. Oakes helped organize the highly publicized Alcatraz, Fort Lawton, and Pit River “takeovers.” His assassination in 1972 galvanized the Trail of Broken Treaties march on Washington, D.C., and unified a movement that eventually ushered in the era of self-determination in the mid-1970s. Blansett’s presentation will explore the life of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes and illustrate how his actions reflected a unique voice of Indigenous leadership within the Red Power movement. Richard Oakes’s life also serves as a lens to highlight the development of Indian Cities in Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Seattle while exploring the intersections of Native Nationalism and Red Power in this dynamic era of American history. Speaker Bio: Kent Blansett is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He is a descendant of five Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi through his Blanket, Panther, and Smith family lines. He is proud of his Ozark Mountain heritage, having grown up in what he identifies as the “other four corners” area of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. After he completed both his MA and Ph.D. in History with Distinction from the University of New Mexico, he taught for three years as an Assistant Professor of History for the University of Minnesota, Morris. Among his numerous awards are the prestigious Dorothy Woodward Dissertation Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Newberry Library Fellowship, and the Katrin H. Lamon Residential Fellowship from the School for Advanced Research. Blansett’s first book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement was published with Yale University Press in 2018 and appears in their Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity. This is the first biography of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, who played a major role in the famed 1969 Alcatraz Takeover by the organization Indians of All Tribes. For his book, Blansett collected research material from over twenty University and Tribal libraries from New York to California as well as numerous oral interviews with key Tribal leaders. His research has received wide publication appearing in several edited volumes, academic journals, and online with BlogWest and Indian Country Today.

Decolonizing Feminism

Decolonizing Feminism: Indigenous Lands, Indigenous Bodies Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 - 6:00 pm 107 Capen Hall (Honors College, inside Silverman Library) UB North Campus This workshop and talk with artist-scholar Jodi Lynn Maracle will explore personal, institutional, and pop culture relationships to western feminism. Given the location of the University at Buffalo on Seneca lands, Haudenosaunee contemporary and historical social and political formations will be centered as a lens for unpacking problematic feminist theory and practices. Jodi Lynn Maracle is Kanien’keha:ka mother, artist and scholar whose work centers the creative resistance and decolonial practices of Haudenosaunee queer and non- binary people and Haudenosaunee women in the forms of material production, birth practices, language resurgence and place making. Refreshments will be served. Graphics by R.I.S.E Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment .

Native American Student Success in Higher Ed

Where: 10 Capen, UB North Campus When: 10am-11:30am, Friday, February 22 Please join us in welcoming Dr. Stephanie Waterman (Onondaga/OISE) and Dr. Shelly Lowe (Navajo/Harvard) to UB. Their presentation is titled Beyond Access: Indigenizing Pathways for Native Student Success.

Traditional Teachings of the Good Mind

Poster to Traditional Teachings of the Good Mind Event. Text reads: MICHAEL MARTIN Native American Community Services Michael Martin is an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Southern Ontario, born and raised in Buffalo. Mr. Martin is a graduate of Babson College (MS) and SUNY Buffalo State College (BS). In February 2004 he was named Executive Director of Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties. In 2016, he was named by his Clan Mother as a Faithkeeper for his Onondaga, Beaver Clan. He was formally condoled by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in June 2018. During this session we will explore universal principles of a Good Mind and the relationships of our minds to thoughts, behaviors and wellbeing. An overview of traditional teachings about a Good Mind will be provided, and an understanding that the opposite of a Good Mind is not a bad or evil mind, but rather a clouded mind. Attendees can learn how to increase awareness of what clouds our minds and how we may rise above or remove the clouds. Finally, we’ll discuss how to maintain our Good Minds and how we can harness our collective power, known as Orenda, when Good Minds come together.

Film Premiere: The Eagle and The Condor: From Standing Rock With Love

Poster from Film Premiere.

Theodore Jojola Lecture

Poster from Jojola lecture.

Native American Welcome to UB

Poster from Native American Welcome to UB on 8/31/2018.

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