"Who is Indigenous"

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Venue:FIU-MMC SIPA 100

Friday, April 5. 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Who is Indigenous” - A Panel and Audience Discussion. Room SIPA 100. MMC Campus.

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. This event is free and open to the public.