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Rising Up for Human Dignity: TOOLS OF SURVIVAL

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In the face of cultural erasure, what can a community do to ensure the survival of its core identity? What are the shared responsibilities of the greater community? Join us for a series of events, in observance of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, exploring historical attempts at erasure of various communities’ ancestral cultures, the lived consequences of existing within ongoing erasure, and the radical resilience communities are exhibiting to not only secure survival but to thrive.

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TOOLS OF SURVIVAL: TRIBAL EDUCATION, RELATIONSHIPS, AND SOVEREIGNTY IN OREGON
A CONVERSATION WITH LISA WATT AND BRENT SPENCER

Thursday April 21, 12pm PDT

Since the early 1800s, Native peoples in the place that became Oregon have used a variety of tools to resist genocide and cultural erasure. The U.S. government and the dominant culture have employed practices including land theft, violence, boarding schools, political and economic discrimination, and termination policy in repeated attempts to destroy tribes and their cultures. Because of the power of Native resistance, those attempts have failed. Today, tribes in Oregon are working to heal from the centuries of trauma while forming relationships with and educating non-Native organizations, students, and neighbors about the histories, cultures, and governments of their people. Join us for a discussion with Lisa Watt and Brent Spencer about what Tribes have been forced to do to survive and how they are utilizing education, relationships, and sovereignty to maintain their cultures and benefit the broader community today.

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