In under a week, a group of students hoping to expand the Black Lives Matter movement in Ithaca organized a coalition, Cornell Students for Black Lives, that now includes over 175 member organizations including AIISP's affiliated, Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell (NAISAC) undergraduate student organization. Cornell Students for Black Lives’ first initiative is a massive campus fundraiser (namely a GoFundMe), launching Friday evening. They hope to ultimately “amplify Black voices in the Cornell community and promote education and activism to end explicit and implicit racism,” said Ashley Bishop ’22, one of the group’s leaders. Sherell Farmer '21, further discusses the goals of the initiative in an op-ed published by the Cornell Daily Sun.
Eric Cheyfitz, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University, addresses Cornell University president Martha Pollack's recent statement of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and Pollack's failure to include mention of the university's land-grab history in an op-ed published by LA Progressive.
Celebrated artist and Professor Emeritus Kay WalkingStick, who taught undergraduate and graduate fine arts students at Cornell from 1988 to 2005, was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Eric Cheyfitz, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University, states that in matter of Covid-19, “Native nations are not receiving the aid they need to effectively combat the virus so that their infection and death rate is disproportionately higher than that of the general population.” He connects this failure to bureaucratic invisibility, Indigenous-federal trust relationships and the overall “selective memory of erasure” and genocide.
As a land-grant institution, Cornell is “charged with advancing the lives and livelihoods of the state’s citizens through teaching, research and public service,” according to its website. This was aided by almost 1 million acres of dispossessed American Indian land granted by the federal government, sold to form the basis of Cornell’s endowment — a sum of almost $6 million by 1914, equivalent to $150 million today. See more about land-grab universities here.
Every year, Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam collaborates with the Johnson Museum and curator Andrew Weislogel on the course “Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives” (AIIS 1110). This year, they cocurated a group of works from the Museum’s collection for a class installation, “Personhood, Pluralism, and Hope,” to present indigenous art from around the world. Despite the circumstances of COVID-19, the class still had the opportunity to engage with the artworks virtually rather than in person as planned in the Museum’s study gallery.
Jolene Rickard, associate professor in the Department of Art (Architecture, Art and Planning), the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies (College of Arts and Sciences), and former Director of The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, has artwork currently on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Press statement from Samuel George, a sachem chief of the Cayuga Nation representing the Bear Clan in regards to the destruction of the Cayuga Nation buildings, Clint Halftown, and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Chiefs and Clanmothers of the Cayuga Nation of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy have released an extended statement regarding the recent destruction of Cayuga Nation buildings near Seneca Falls. The statement covers the relationship between the Traditional Cayuga Nation and Clint Halftown, the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Cayuga Nation Representative.
David Strip '77, PhD '78 gives gift to help establish a fund which fills in the gaps that traditional financial aid does not cover enabling indigenous students to mix with their peers on more equal footing. Strip had a unique purpose in mind for his gift: “to provide an opportunity for Native American students to develop assets to survive, and hopefully thrive, in the world they have been forced into.”
The Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy releases an official statement condemning the recent actions of the RCMP on the Unist'ot'ten camp and call upon the Government of Canada to end any further RCMP actions.
Thursday, 12/5/19 Ithaca College, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Klingenstein Lounge, 6:00 Thinking Indigenous: Richard Oakes and The Red Power Movement, Keynote: Kent Blansett, U of Nebraska, followed by roundtable with Mohawk Elder, Tom Porter, and Journalist, Doug George (Mohawk). (Co-sponsored by AIISP and Ithaca College).
For the first time in Cornell’s 154-year history, students this year can take a class to learn the language of the Cayuga Nation, whose traditional territory is now home to Cornell’s Ithaca campus. The launch of the class coincides with the United Nations’ declaration that 2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages. Stephen Henhawk, a Cayuga speaker and historian, will teach the hands-on class.
Poetry and performance -- as well as more traditional presentations -- comprised the first Rural Humanities Showcase, held in the A.D. White House. Kurt Jordan, associate professor of anthropology and Director of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Materials Studies, described his decades-long archaeology work on Haudenosaunee sites on which he collaborates with Indigenous communities and institutions.
This fall, Cornell introduced a new course in which students can learn the traditional language Gayogo̱hó:nǫ and culture of the Cayuga Nation, the Indigenous community whose land Cornell’s Ithaca campus was founded on. “Indigenous peoples and cultures have a deep knowledge about the land that we have been caretakers for for thousands of years,” course instructor Prof. Jolene Rickard, history of art and visual studies, told The Sun. “And here at Cornell, that knowledge is expressed through the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ or Cayuga language and culture.”
Bailee Hopkins-Hensley is passionate about exploring the connections that humans have to plants—especially the connections that indigenous communities have to the species that sustain them. She earned a BS in plant science in 2018 and an MPS in public garden leadership in 2019. Hopkins-Hensley first learned about Cornell at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s college fair, where she met Kathy Halbig, the student development specialist at Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. “Her description of the diverse and welcoming community at Akwe:kon and in the student clubs, Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, are what convinced to me apply,” she says.
Congratulations to Shaawano Chad Uran!
Mar 19, 2019
Shaawano Chad Uran, Visiting Professor, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, & Department of English
On March 12, 2019, Shaawano Chad Uran, Ph.D., was announced as a recipient of the 2018 Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies, sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, for his article, “Policing Resource Extraction and Human Rights in The Land of the Dead,” which was published in Transmotion, Vol. 4, No.1 (2018). This prestigious award is given for an outstanding book or essay that has been published in Native American Studies. Dr. Uran is an enrolled White Earth Anishinaabe.
The director of the Language Resource Center, Dr. Angelika Kraemer interviewed AIISP Director and Associate Professor Jolene Rickard on United Nation’s declaration of 2019 as the “International Year of Indigenous Languages.” The Language Resource Center at Cornell produces a weekly podcast, Speaking of Language.
The speaker who provided the Opening Address, Kanen'tó:kon Hemlock, Kahnaw'a:ke Mohawk Nation (Quebec, Canada), will also be speaking in AIIS 2100 Indigenous Ingenuities, on Thursday, Feb. 21. More details about this opening address can be found here. The official website for IYIL2019 is here: https://en.iyil2019.org/
by Doug George-Kanentiio
When I watch the reports of the thousands of people coming north from their homelands in Central America I do not see Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians; I see indigenous people, our southern kin, fleeing countries which have become overwhelmed by vicious gangs whose drug money comes directly from sales made in the United States.