Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

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Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy

This session challenges the paucity of funding for indigenous-led initiatives of preservation, conservation and revitalization in Indian Country and globally (.5% of foundation funding), illustrating how Native-led organizations are innovating with inter-tribal re-granting. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), founder, Mino-Niibi Fund for Indigenous Cultures of The Cultural Conservancy. With: Tia Oros-Peters (Zuni Pueblo), Seventh Generation Fund; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

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Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation

Inaccurate and offensive depictions of Native American culture abound. This forum examines representations of Native peoples, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director. With: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota) and Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State.

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Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

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Native Hawaiian visionaries Pua Nani Mahoe and Luana Palapala Busby-Neff share Hawaii’s unique collective cultural wisdom and traditional philosophies of land, water, spirit and “Aloha” teachings. Learn about malama aina—how to take care of the land, water, community, spirit and self, as they take care of you; and how to weave the Aloha Spirit into your life. The dialogue will address the need for deep collaboration for protecting our natural resources that sustain life on Papahanamoku (Mother Earth).

 

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Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health

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Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Jessica Danforth (Mohawk), Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, LSW (Yaqui), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

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