News and Events for the FIU Global Indigenous Forum: April 2019

Hello from the FIU Global Indigenous Forum: On April 5, we have a panel discussion with anticipation of lively audience participation on the “Who Is Indigenous?” This year we will end with “Indigenous State of Affairs,” April 13, where expert panelists and the audience participants highlight major news and issues of concern to Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Studies Core Course for Fall 2019

Global Imperial-Indigenous Encounters: 1500 to the Present. WHO 4264. Prof Jenna Gibbs. https:/indigenous.fiu.eduacademics/courses/2019/global-imperial-indigenous-encounters- 1500-to-the-present/ Examines how indigenous peoples and imperial settlers interacted with each other across the globe from the fifteenth century to the present, encompassing historical case studies from North and South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and utilizing indigenous sources of oral histories, memoirs, and art, as well as critical readings of imperial sources. The course concludes by examining some of the economic, environmental, judicial and political issues facing contemporary indigenous peoples.


(For information see, or 305-348-2247.) These events are free and open to the public.

April 4. 11:00 to 12:00 pm. Language and Culture: Interdisciplinarity in Linguistics. Miguel Reyes Contreras Fulbright Faculty Fellow Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Room Viertes Haus 133. MMC Campus. https:/indigenous.fiu.eduevents/2019/language-and-culture-interdisciplinarity-in-linguistics/ One of the greatest ways to understand society is through the way they name their environment and how this environment influences the shape of their language. Through sayings and proverbs and person and people names, we can analyse the richness of a language. Onomastics is a network between linguistics, history, ethymology, psychology and anthropology. Paremiology is a network between linguistics, history, anthropology, lexicography, and cultural studies. Both Onomastics and Paremiology as disciplines provide a rich perspective in the study of language and culture and the main purpose of this talk is to exemplify through my findings the way language and society connect. Bio: Miguel Reyes Contreras is a full time professor and researcher at Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Mexico, Mexico in the Language and Culture Department. He is from the Mazahuan indigenous community in central Mexico.

Friday, April 5. 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Who is Indigenous” - A Panel and Audience Discussion.

Room SIPA 100. MMC Campus. https:/indigenous.fiu.eduevents/2019/who-is-indigenous/ To view event live stream visit facebook page at: https:/www.facebook.comGIGFIU For those long denied their Indigenous heritage, there is now a renewed identification and pride. The 2007 United Nations “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” empowers the original peoples of the continents to seek recognition and rights from dominating settler nations. Panel members bring a global perspective on how “Indigenous” and “Indigeneity” is contested, or recognized, at the individual, community, national and international levels from India, Peru, Ecuador, and the US. Panelists: Janos Janine Bowen. Seneca Faith Keeper, Beaver Clan. Director, Allegany Language Department. Seneca Nation, NY. Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education. M.P.P. Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Candy Hurtado Bonilla. Executive Director, Kuyayky Foundation. An NGO fostering the Andean Quichua. McKnight and Presidential Fellow pursuing Ph.D. in Andean Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Bina Sengar. Fulbright Scholar-in-residence at FIU. Specialist in South Asian tribal societies and transnational Indigenous issues. Assistant Professor of History. Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India. Vanessa Leon. Born and raised in Ecuador. FIU-Global and Sociocultural Studies Doctoral Dissertation Year Fellow. Focuses on socio-ecological changes and governance of Ecuador Pacific coast original peoples. Panel Moderator: Dr. Dennis Wiedman. Founding Director, FIU Global Indigenous Forum. Associate Professor, Dept. of Global and Sociocultural Studies. Focuses on Indigenous people’s health and well-being. Organized by the FIU Global Indigenous Forum. Co-Sponsored by the student club, the Global Indigenous Group, and Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies.

April 13. State of Indigenous Affairs: A Panel Discussion with Audience Participation

FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms. 2 pm - 5 pm. https:/indigenous.fiu.eduevents/2019/indigenous-state-of-affairs/ To view event live stream visit facebook at: https:/www.facebook.comGIGFIU Join us for a discussion led by a panel of experts on Indigenous issues, locally and globally, on the topics of tribal and corporate business relations, Indigenous college student success, recent displacement of Indigenous people, ongoing recognition of Indigenous people, and environmental issues. In this globalized world where only certain issues are highlighted in the media and by the governments, our aim is to bring awareness to the issues, news highlights, and topics that Indigenous groups of the world are constantly facing and discussing.

Topics and Panelists:

Indigenous College Student Success. Rollie Gilliam III. Seminole Tribe of Florida. Center for Student Success and Services. Advanced Career Development Participant. M.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice. Recognition of Ainu by the Nation of Japan. Masako Kubota. Instructor in FIU Asian Studies Program and Department of Modern Languages. Displacement of Forest Indigenous Peoples by Nation of India. 500,000 asked to move off lands in 90 days. Dr. Bina Sengar: Fulbright Scholar- in-residence at FIU. Assistant Professor of History. Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India. Tribal Sovereignty, Corporations and Traditional Values. Are tribal and corporate relations grounded in traditional core values to best serve tribal members. Samuel Tommie. Resident of the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation. Co-organized by the FIU Global Indigenous Group, the FIU Global Indigenous Forum. Sponsored by the Council for Student Organizations, and Dept. of Global and Sociocultural Studies.

SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY EVENTS June 14, 2019. We Are Here! Voices & Hands Making Community Happen On exhibition at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Seminole Big Cypress Reservation. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has always had its own form of governing, adapting to change and the growing needs of its communities... How does the Seminole Tribe of Florida make Tribal communities happen? The Seminole Tribe of Florida has always had its own form of governing, adapting to change and the growing needs of its communities providing emergency services, healthcare, housing, education and caring for their lands and cultural resources. For accompanying exhibit curriculum see: https:/www.ahtahthiki.comeducator-resources/


The mission of the FIU Global Indigenous Forum is to bring global Indigenous issues, voices and awareness to the FIU campus and world community through activities and academic programs. Check the Global Indigenous Forum web page often at:  http:/ Follow us on facebook at: https:/www.facebook.comGIGFIU    Instagram at #IndigFIU For professional Indigenous opportunities join us on LinkedIn: http:/bit.lyFIU-GIF

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