“An Imperfect Path: A Reckoning for Land Grant Universities in this Moment of Equity”
January 11, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Virtual event via Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/98580894871?pwd=M3dqSEZtcXREZEYvbTRBS3VDK1I4QT09
Meeting ID: 985 8089 4871
The panelist bios can be viewed here.
Wisconsin First Nations stewarded the land of present-day Wisconsin since time immemorial. In 1832, this land and its living beings experienced their second greatest transformation, behind only the episodic glaciation periods, in the change of land stewardship from Indigenous societies whose worldviews held sustainable compacts with nature to that of a capitalist worldview focused on exploiting natural resources. By examining treaties and the Morrill Land Grant Acts as the product of settler colonialism driving extraction, replacement, and exploitation, attendees will understand the history of UW-Madison’s involvement in land expropriation, and the importance of moving toward meaningfully recognizing how our shared history defines how we currently operate, and how to explicitly counter settler colonialism for an inclusive shared future. Countering settler colonialist mindset and ongoing colonialism, panelists will discuss strategies for the restoration of right relations with Tribal Nations, ways to sustain learning about Indigenous Peoples, and share strategies for building capacity, support, and confidence within units to advance Indigenous education in a committed and sustained way within CALS. This lunch and learn session is the first in a series of five focusing on Our Shared Future.
In preparation for this session, attendees are encouraged to:
- Gain an appreciation of creation stories and their role in Indigenous knowledge: The Ways of Knowing Guide.
- Understand that land stewardship is not about extractions, replacement, and exploitation, which is why Native Nations within WI are such successful environmentalists and how their value systems are so disjointed from capitalism by watching the 2018 annual State of the Tribes address, delivered by former Menominee Tribal Chair Gary Besaw.
- Understand that the history of land-grant universities and other public universities intersects with that of Native Americans and the taking of their lands.