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Department of Education

Teach-In on Standing Rock Protective Actions

Participants in audience standing and applauding

Tufts University, October 28-29, 2016

The Teach-In on the Standing Rock Protective Actions was a two-day gathering sponsored by the Department of Education and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in which tribal leaders, community activists, scholars, organization founders, documentarians, and others came together to teach and learn about a cluster of issues related to the ongoing protective actions taking place at Standing Rock. Participants examined water rights, law, women's health, hashtag activism, and histories of Indigenous resistance, among others.

Organizers were excited to count approximately 400 attendees, whose feedback has included that the teach-in was "life-changing," "motivational," "eye-opening," and "inspiring." We also enjoyed generous cross-university support. Our co-sponsors included: Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost, Department of Sociology, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, LGBT Center, Department of Anthropology, Tisch College of Civic Life, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Women's Center, Environmental Studies Program, Peace and Justice Studies, Pluralism Initiatives, and the Diversity Fund at Tufts, and the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, & Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT.

Agenda and Videos

Welcome and Introduction:

Sabina Vaught, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education, Director of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Director of the MA in Educational Studies Co-Chair, Board of Directors, the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality at MIT.

History and Context:

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux, Tribal Historian

Standing Rock: Protest and Protection:

Bobbi Jean Three Legs, Lakota, Oceti Sakowin Youth organization

Waking Up Colonized:

Paula Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag, Documentarian



History of Protest and Resistance:

Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College

Kiara Vigil, Dakota/Apache heritage, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Amherst College

Christine DeLucia Part 1

Christine DeLucia Part 2

Kiara Vigil Part 1

Kiara Vigil Part 2

Q & A with Christine and Kiara

Sovereignty and Sacred Space:

Dale Turner, Anishinaabe/citizen of the Temagami First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada, Associate Professor of Government and of Native American Studies, Dartmouth University

Mark Minch, Susanville Indian Rancheria, Postdoctoral Fellow at CHAT, Tufts University.

Kevin Bruyneel, Professor of Politics, Babson College

Settler Colonialism and Law:

J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Kanaka Maoli, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University

#StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL #MediaMustReport: Supporting Indigenous Voices & Movements With Social Media

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Hupa, Karuk, Yurok, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University

Women, Health, and Healing:

Maria John, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Indigenous Studies, Wesleyan University, Assistant Professor, Native American History, UMass Boston

Norine Hill, Oneida Nation Executive Director/Founder of Native Women In Need

Megan Ireland, Oneida Nation, Protester

Maria John

Norine Hill 1

Norine Hill 2

Megan Ireland

Q & A with Maria, Norine and Megan

Water Rights: Considering Multiple Contexts:

Salma Abu Ayyash, Social Justice Activist

Thomas Abowd, American Studies/Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora/Anthropology, Tufts University

Salma Abu Ayyash

Thomas Abowd