Friday, October 18th
L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem)—award-winning, internationally renowned Native California Indian artist, tribal scholar, community activist, and founding board member of the Advocates for Indigenous California Languages.
October 18th | 9:15 am to 9:25 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Introduction by Hector Sanchez-Flores, Executive Director, National Compadres Network
Our society is experiencing profound levels of stress and anxiety, a public health crisis that’s triggering unresolved traumas in many people, resulting in widespread uneasiness, poor public health, social dysfunction, and alienation, as well as high levels of violence, suicide, and substance abuse. Through traditional stories and personal reflections, Jerry Tello, raised in South Central Los Angeles, co-founder of the Healing Generations Institute, a celebrated leader in the field of the transformational healing of traumatized men and boys of color, will share his approach to generating the “medicine” necessary to shield ourselves from this toxic energy, and offer us pathways to discover, uncover and recover our sacredness and return to health and wellbeing.
October 18th | 11:00 am to 11:30 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The brilliant young writer, journalist and activist Julian Noisecat offers his insights into how, around the world, Indigenous peoples are rising in a global renaissance that holds untapped promise for a world in peril.
October 18th | Noon to 12:10 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Indigenous women hold the knowledge and ability to nurture life, and in many communities they are also the first line responders to environmental and social threats to community wellbeing. This panel will explore: the roles Indigenous women play in supporting and upholding life from birth to death (and beyond); the resurgence of Indigenous midwifery; women’s coming of age ceremonies; and how to make conscious choices to treat food as medicine and our bodies as sacred. With: Cutcha Risling Baldy (Hupa/Yurok/Karuk); Sage LaPena (Wintu); Danielle Hill (Mashpee Wampanoag).
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Indigenous Forum
Modern Western genetics and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge share common ground in their understanding that the traits and tendencies we inherit from our ancestors can affect our health in both positive and negative ways. However, our genes are not our destiny. We can engage in activities that mediate the expression of both troublesome and beneficial genetic variants. In this session we will explore how traditional Indigenous lifestyle practices can improve our genetic plasticity and move us away from victimhood and poor health to wellness. Presenters will share somatic and mindfulness-based techniques based in Indigenous ways of knowing that can help us cure our historical amnesia, deepen our self-awareness, boost our self-reliance, and restore our power to consciously manifest our unique destiny. With: Dr. Michael Yellow Bird (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara); Dr. Ruby Gibson (Oglala Sioux).
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Indigenous Forum
Saturday, October 19th
Some of the most thrilling innovations and ideas are happening at the intersection of Indigenous worldviews and digital technologies. In this groundbreaking panel, we celebrate Native Americans in tech. Join us for a fascinating discussion to learn first-hand how Native youth are using digital tools to tell their stories, Native tech professionals are working to transform the industry from the inside, and Native culture-bearers are using tech solutions to positively impact their communities and beyond. With: Erica Persons (Miwok) of AICRC Oakland; Brisa Yepez (Hopland Pomo) of CIMCC; Danielle Forward (Pomo) of Facebook; and Ishmael Hope (Tlingit/Inupiaq), Storyteller, writer and consultant of the multi award-winning video game, Never Alone.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Indigenous Forum
2019 commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the 19-month Native American student occupation of Alcatraz, which captured the world’s attention and led to real policy changes to improve the lives of Native American peoples through increased self-determination. Since then, generations of activists have followed in those footsteps and vigorously fought racist, sexist, and classist U.S. government policies. In this historic panel we’ll hear from Indigenous activists from three generations who were on the frontlines, respectively, at Alcatraz, Standing Rock, and other struggles, as they compare notes and discuss their visions of the next 50 years of Indigenous activism. With: Corrina Gould (Ohlone); Julian NoiseCat (Secwepmc); LaNada War Jack (Bannock); Clayton Thomas-Muller (Mathias Colomb Cree/aka Pukatawagan).
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Indigenous Forum
Sunday, October 20th
Introduction by Eriel Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action
Unprecedented fires, deliberately set to expand industrial agriculture and other extractive development, are burning across the Amazon, a dangerous escalation of the global climate emergency. Scientists warn that the Amazon is reaching “the tipping point” of ecological collapse, but Indigenous movements across the region are resisting and calling for international solidarity to help them defend their rights and territories. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have protected their sacred ancestral territories. Leila Salazar Lopez, Executive Director of Amazon Watch, urges us to stand with them to protect and restore the bio-cultural intregrity of the Amazon, because our collective future depends on it.
October 20th | 9:25 am to 9:50 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
A performance by OLOX (Zarina Kopyrina and Andreas Dzhons)
The duet OLOX, which combines Zarina Kopyrina’s ancient, traditional Siberian shamanic music with modern sounds, has performed around the world, from Burning Man to the Kremlin to Iceland to the Arctic. Zarina is passionately engaged with activism and advocacy for the rights and lands of far northern Indigenous peoples.
October 20th | 10:30 am to 10:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The Amazon rainforest and its peoples are facing the worst attacks in decades under Brazil’s new far-right government, which is promoting massive deforestation for mining and agribusiness. Indigenous movements in Brazil are resisting, calling for international solidarity to defend their rights and territories. Join us in a lunchtime presentation and call to action to protect rainforests, rights and the climate. With: Leila Salazar-López (Chicana) Executive Director of Amazon Watch; Atossa Soltani, Global Strategist with the Sacred Headwaters Initiative; Maria Xiomára Dorsey (Colombia), Brasil Solidarity Network and Idle No More SF; Brus Rubio (Muruy/Huitoto, Bora) Indigenous painter from the Peruvian Amazon.
October 20th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Indigenous Forum
Donald Trump ordered the children of migrants and refugees to be forcefully removed from their parents and placed in concentration camps, resulting in numerous deaths. These atrocities represent a small fraction of an ongoing border crisis fueled by a hyper-capitalist economy historically rooted in genocide and slavery. This panel presents heartbreaking stories about and hopeful solutions to the border crisis from an Indigenous perspective. We will hear first-hand accounts of what it feels like to have a border cut through your ancestral territory, explore ways to reduce the need for migration through traditional economies, and discuss how re-indigenization offers a pathway of hope for migrants after they settle in the U.S. Hosted by: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi). With: Josue Rivas (Aztec); Nany Zepeda (Maya); Stanley Rodriguez (Kumeyay); Ofelia Rivas (O’odham).
October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Indigenous Forum
Indigenous women experience 10 times higher rates of violence, murder and abuse than women of other ethnicities—a direct result of an economic system that privileges extraction over human rights. But Indigenous women are also fighting back: organizing, and raising their voices in solidarity to restore balance. In this session, powerful Native women leaders discuss how to address the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women crisis and share inspiring practices that can help us to shape our own activism. With: Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca); Morning Star Gali (Ajuwami Band of Pit River); Ozawa Bineshi Albert (Yuchi and Annishinaabe); Simone Senogles of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Showcase Theater
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