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SETTLER COLONIALISM AND COVID-19: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON THE CURRENT CRISIS

A two-part speakers series hosted by the Dartmouth Society of Fellows

Contrary to media predictions at its outset, the novel coronavirus pandemic has not been a great equalizer. Among the communities that have been disproportionately impacted are Native nations, who face unique predicaments in defending themselves against the virus. This series will push past attention-grabbing headlines of Indigenous mortality -- an all-too familiar theme in settler colonial narratives -- and delve into the structural violence that has predated and aggravated the virus' impact on Indigenous peoples. While the virus' effects on public health and tribal economy pose immense challenges for many Native nations, our presenters will also spotlight the work already underway to ensure Indigenous communities emerge from this crisis stronger than before. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to hit Native America, and Indigenous modes of survival and resurgence carry lessons for us all.

Both events require pre-registration (links below).

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Wednesday, July 1, 12:15-2:00 pm

Part I: State Violence and COVID-19

Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee)
Erika Perez (Mayan-Mam)
Paula Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag)

Register: https://bit.ly/2NrQ3uA

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Wednesday, July 15, 12:15-2:00 pm

Part II: Indigenous Resurgence and Paths Forward

Melanie Yazzie (Diné)
Mino-Ghiizhgad (Walpole First Nation)
Emma Robbins (Diné)

Register:  https://bit.ly/2YvTxTa