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Indigenous Peoples Day Keynote: Dr. Waziyatawin

Dr. Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota.  She earned her PhD in American History from Cornell University and has held tenured positions at Arizona State University and the University of Victoria where she also served as the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program. Waziyatawin has been working for Upper Sioux's Tribal Historic Preservation Office since 2016, serving for a period as the THP Officer, conducting traditional cultural property surveying and monitoring work, and most recently, compiling a history of her community.

She is also Executive Director of the Dakota nonprofit Makoce Ikikcupi, a reparative justice project supporting Dakota reclamation of homeland.  Committed to sustainability and simplicity, she is been experimenting with these concepts in her personal life. She is the author or co/editor of six volumes, including What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland (Living Justice Press, 2008) and For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (SAR Press, 2012), edited with Michael Yellow Bird.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Hendrix Student Center, McKissick Theatre
720 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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International/Multicultural, Lectures / Seminars / Speakers, Diversity and Inclusion, Humanities Hub


Centers and Institutes, Gantt Center, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, History, Inclusion and Equity

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All Audiences




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Bridget Trogden

Bridget Trogden left a positive review 10/9/2018

What a fantastic seminar. Thank you for coming to Clemson!