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Centering Native American and Indigenous Communities: Decolonizing Pandemic Politics


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The Democratizing Knowledge (DK) Collective presents the Webinar Series, Communities of Color, (In)Justice, and Multiple Pandemics.

This series brings together artists, community activists, scientists, and scholars to address the multiple pandemics facing communities of color today, from police violence to COVID-19, from environmental racism to economic injustice, to incarceration and detention.

Our first webinar, Resisting the Racism of Covid-19, is archived here.

Please see DK's public statement on the pandemic, "We Can't Breathe..." (June 2020).

Our second webinar, Centering Native American and Indigenous Communities: Decolonizing Pandemic Politics, examines the crisis of Covid-19 within a broader history of structural violence and its impact on land, language, environment, and personal and communal wellbeing. The webinar reflects on the realities of various nations, including the local Onondaga Nation.

Confirmed speakers include: Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation, American Indian Law Alliance), Dr. Brian Thompson (Oneida / Onondaga Nation, Assistant Dean for Diversity, SUNY Upstate Medical), and Dr. Jessica Kolopenuk (Cree, Peguis First Nation, University of Alberta, Canada). Dr. Danika Medak-Saltzman (Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Syracuse University) will serve as co-facilitator.  

Webinar 2: Centering Native American and Indigenous Communities: Decolonizing Pandemic Politics     

REGISTER here by Monday, May 17  

Cosponsored by African American Studies (AAS), Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI), Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE), Department of Biology, Latino and Latin American Studies Program (LLAS), The Lender Center for Social Justice, Light Work, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Sociology Department, Syracuse University Humanities Center, Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).  


Any questions?  Please contact PJ DiPietro,

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