22 Apr Indigenous Cultural Sovereignty in a Global Context
James Fenelon (Sociology, CSU San Bernardino)
Thursday, April 22 / 4:00PM
Flying A Studios Room, UCEN
American Indian and Native Nation struggles over cultural sovereignty are related to conflicts that Indigenous Peoples are involved with globally: over autonomy, land and resource rights, and about the very nature of community. Professor Fenelon uses his expertise on the Lakota struggles for the Black Hills, socio-politically and environmentally, to consider Indigenous struggles in Mexico, New Zealand, India and Chile. He presents a model for understanding relationships to the land, “natural resources” and indigenous visions of community and leadership. He shows how these struggles differ from and indeed are opposed to contemporary capitalism and neo-liberal domination from the global to the local, in terms of cultural sovereignty.
James Fenelon is Director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies and Professor of Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. He is Lakota/Dakota from Standing Rock (Nation). He has taught internationally, with indigenous peoples globally, and with urban groups. His newest book (with Thomas D. Hall) Indigenous Peoples and Globalization, reflects his current research and writing, combining his background in American Indians’ struggles for sovereignty with closely related issues internationally. Prof. Fenelon is now working with Indigenous Scholars in Chile on the Mapuche struggle, and with Southern California Native Nation’s research on genocide and racism.
Sponsored by the IHC’s Citizenship and Democracy in the 21st Century RFG and the Center for New Racial Studies.