2020 - 2021
Due to COVID restrictions, the AIS Red Tawks are held online via ZOOM.
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Thursday, February 11 -- 4:00-5:30 pm PST
Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou iwi), Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand. Author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (1999).
A Discussion in Honor of Jessica Mae Orozco
Cassandra Freeman and Melissa K. Nelson
Tuesday, March 2 -- 4:00-5:30 pm PST
Cassandra Freeman (Spirit Lake Sioux), Co-Founder/Owner of Anatolian Farms in Southwest Colorado, Cultivating Organic Hemp and Vegetables (B.A. in AIS at SFSU, 2012).
Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis [Turtle Mountain Chippewa]), Professor of Indigenous Sustainability, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University (AIS faculty 2002-2020). Contributor and editor, Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability (2018).
Abolition and Settler Colonialism: On Corporate-State-Police Entanglement
Thursday, April 22 -- 11:00-12:15 pm PST
Shiri Pasternak, Research Director at Yellowhead Institute and Assistant Professor in Criminology at Ryerson University. Her book, Grounded Authority, is an in-depth critique of the federal land claims policy in Canada from the perspective of Algonquin law, and was published in 2017. She writes about resource extraction, Crown-First Nations fiscal relations, and legal problems of colonialism.
This World is a Wound
Thursday, April 29 -- 4:00-5:30 pm PST
Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. A 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, he earned his PhD in English at the University of Alberta. He was also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, which is the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders.
2019 - 2020
The 50th from the Perspective of Alaska Native Studies: A Roundtable Discussion (pdf)
Wednesday, September 25, 2:30-4:00 pm · Ethnic Studies Building 116
- Betty Parent (Deg Xit'an), Professor Emeritus of American Indian Studies, SFSU
- Shari Huhndorf (Yup’ik), Professor, Native American Studies, UC Berkeley
- Jessica Bissett Perea (Dena’ina), Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, UC Davis
Wednesday, October 9, 2:00-3:30 pm · Seven Hills Conference Center
- Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone)
- Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Coastanoan Ohlone/Chumash)
- Gregg Castro (t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone)
- Discussant: LaNada War Jack (Bannock Nation)
Joanne Barker (Lenape), Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies, Opening Comments
Native Resistance: An Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life
Wednesday, October 9, 4:00-6:00 pm · Seven Hills Conference Center
- LaNada War Jack (Bannock Nation) Co-Organizer of the ’69 Occupation of Alcatraz
Resounding Witchi Tai To: 1969 – 2019 (link)
Wednesday, October 16, 1:00-2:00 pm · Knuth Hall Creative Arts Building
- Musical performance commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Jim Pepper’s Witchi Tai To
Tuesday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 pm · Ethnic Studies Building EP 116
- April McGill (Yuki, Wappo, Little Lake Pomo, Wailaki)
- Michelle Maas (Bad River Ojibwe)
- Jackie Fawn (Yurok, Washoe, Filipina)
Tuesday, November 12, 1:00-3:00 pm · Ethnic Studies Building 116
- Theresa Rocha Beardall (SFSU AIS/LNTS 2005 Alum), Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
- Frank Edwards, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Wednesday, November 13, 1:00-2:00 pm · Knuth Hall Creative Arts Building
- Musical performance commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz Island
Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-5:00 pm · Ethnic Studies Building 116
- Ella Henry (Maori), Aukland University of Technology, New Zealand
- Ponipate Rokolekutu, Assistant Professor, Race and Resistance Studies
- Joanne Barker (Lenape), Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies