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Indigenous Interventions: Reshaping Archives and Museums

Artists, archeologists, curators & scholars discuss how Native people engage with & challenge archives and museums through art, community-based practice, scholarship & curation. Hosted by CNAIR, The Field Museum and The Newberry Library on November 13, 2020.  Click here for schedule of speakers.

Interventions Within Non-Native Institutions, Panel 1

Contemporary Interventions from Indigenous Artists, Panel 2

Just Futures for Archives & Museums, Panel 3

2019 Research Symposium

CNAIR's first annual symposium featuring graduate, undergraduate and faculty panels was held on Friday, May 17, 2019. Artist-in-Residence Margaret Pearce gave keynote lecture titled, "One place because of another: mapping indigenous geographies."

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Digital Reporting in Indigenous Communities

This open forum panel on April 4, 2019 was held at Northwestern University's Medill Forum. Feature presenters were NAJA President Tristan Ahtone, NAJA Vice President Dr. Victoria LaPoe (via Skype) and NAJA board member Graham Brewer. The panel was moderated by CNAIR Director Dr. Patty Loew.

The discussion focused on the use of data, ethics and three-dimensional coverage to move newsrooms from viewing Native people as subjects of reporting, to understanding them as an engaged audience.

Sovereignty Symposium

On November 29, 2018, three Indigenous Studies scholars took up questions of sovereignty, in a conversation that asked where Indigenous sovereignty and insecurity intersect. Defining Indigenous sovereignty capaciously, to include political status and governance along with scholarship and activism, the conversation considered how sovereignty matters for Indigenous people and nations and their futures.     

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies. This event is part of the 2018-19 SECURITY Dialogues, a year-long conversation about struggles over security from humanistic perspectives, co-presented by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in partnership with multiple Northwestern departments and programs.

Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the Native American and Indigenous Languages (NAIL) Lab and an affiliate faculty of American Indian Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she serves as the current Chair of the American Studies Department, and the current Director of the Center for the Americas.

Doug Kiel is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University where he studies Native American history, with particular interests in the Great Lakes region and twentieth century Indigenous nation rebuilding.

Community Collaborations with the Oneida Nation

Over the weekend of October 6-8, 2017, Professor Patty Loew and her students participated in Braiding the Sacred with the Oneida White Corn Cooperative.