Indigenous State of Affairs

Event information
Venue:FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms

A Panel Discussion with Audience Participation FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms April 13, 2019. 2 pm - 5 pm

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 Speakers:

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.

Distinguished guests:

Miss Florida Seminole Cheyenne Kippenberger serves as an ambassador to the public for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Cheyenne is of the Panther Clan. Born in Hollywood and raised on the Hollywood Seminole reservation. A graduate of Keiser University with a degree in accounting, she plans to further her education by obtaining a master's degree and continue towards a doctoral degree. She is currently organizing a women’s empowerment symposium being hosted by her tribe.

KOUNFETAGA Solo dance performed and choreographed by Aguibou Bougobali Sanou. Kounfetaga received Laureate of Visa pour la création of French Institute of Paris in 2014. Aguibou, from Burkina Faso, West Africa, is presently a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at International Centre for Arts, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Connecticut. While telling his story with his body, he grieves, and heals. Come join and experience the indigenous voice through healing performance.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information see, or 305-348-2247. 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.