Local events and initiatives:
- UNH: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Watch Party, where Chef Rosalia Chay Chuc celebrated for her Mayan cooking. Come watch and also discuss Indigenous Erasure in North America. This free event is online on 10/12/2020 at 8:30 pm. Contact/see/register @ the Beauregard Center’s FB (more information here).
- We continue supporting local grassroots efforts to rename Columbus as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in NH. Please feel free to look at and send around this page particularly and use this template.
- Support Portsmouth High School student efforts to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day by using their petition to help spreading the word to your friends in Portsmouth. This year (2020) Portsmouth is recognizing IPD with Columbus. There is still much work to be done!
- Contact Gov. Sununu about prohibiting Native mascots in NH schools.
- Send a letter to the Rochester school district urging them to reconsider their mascot decision.
- Write a letter to the editor (for local newspapers and digital publications) about why Native mascots should be eliminated from NH schools (see this page for some information).
- Sign this student-initiated petition encouraging Sanborn High School to recreate its Native mascot. Share the petition on (your) Facebook page and other social media.
- Donate to an organization promoting Native voting rights such as the Native American Rights Fund.
- Send letters to State Legislators in support of the State’s adoption of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the State’s level. You can use this template.
- Donate to one of these organizations in support of Native communities impacted by COVID.
- Donate to the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.
- Attend one of the events organized by the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) see here.
- PPL Indigenous Stories (Nonfiction) see here.
- PPL Decolonize with Indigenous Fiction see here.
Non-local events from the University of Central Oklahoma (Jody D. Horn). There are three events on Zoom: a panel on decolonizing the academy, a film on indigenous women on the border, and a book group on critical indigenous environments. The Zoom link(s) will be sent a couple of days before the event(s).
- “Decolonizing the Academy” PANEL Fri., Oct. 9th, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. The event addresses strategies for decolonizing, transforming, and recreating meaningful spaces in which Indigenous epistemology, ontology, and presence are recognized and accepted as legitimate and valued within the academy’s institutional structures and practices. In an age of racial reckoning, we must take a critical, reflective subjectivity if we are to truly embrace all that we profess to be as learned scholars. This free event will take the form of a roundtable and will include a significant Q&A component. Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw), Native Studies and Native Nations Center, Dr. Alyssa Provencio, Dr. Shun Kiang, Dr. Nick Cragoe, & Dr. Bernadette V. Russo (Mohawk) Register for Panel
- Señorita Extraviada: Missing Young Woman (2001), Dir. L. Portillo FILM Fri., Oct. 30th 2:30 pm-5:00 pm. Pre- and post- discussion. Dr. Bernadette V. Russo (Mohawk) & Dr. Cordelia Barrera, Latinx Literature & the Literature of Social Justice and the Environment. This film is the story of the hundreds of kidnapped, raped, and murdered young women of Juárez, Mexico. It examines our global economy’s role in the perpetuation and proliferation of these disappearances, rapes, and murders. Register for Film
- Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations (Ed. A. Moreton-Robinson). BOOK GROUP. Fri., Oct. 23rd, Nov. 6th, & Nov. 20th, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Dr. Bernadette V. Russo (Mohawk) Register for Book Group
Non-local but with a local focus: A set of events from the Upstander Project (some are free and some have a fee):
- OCTOBER 10 Dear Georgina Montana International Film Festival Tickets
- OCTOBER 8 at 8pm ET First Light & Dear Georgina Vermont PBS Public Television Broadcast
- OCTOBER 8 – 12 Dear Georgina Buffalo International Film Festival Ticket Info TBA
- OCTOBER 12 at 8pm ET Indigenous Peoples’ Day Event Dawnland & Dear Georgina Free Registration Here, Donations Appreciated Panel with filmmaker Adam Mazo, producer N. Bruce Duthu (Houma) film participant Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota), endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw) Akomawt Educational Initiative founding member and co-director of the Upstander Academy, and educator and linguist Roger Paul (Passamaquoddy) Sponsored by Boston Athenaeum.
- OCTOBER 15 – 18 Dear Georgina Adirondack Film Festival Details TBA here