Symposium on the American Indian
About the Symposium
51st Annual Symposium on the American Indian
Indigenous Scholars Speak on Sovereignty: 100 Years after the Indian Citizenship Act on April 15-20, 2024
This year’s theme seeks to provide a platform for today’s Indigenous Scholars to share their perspectives on sovereignty, Indigenizing education and scholarship, as well as highlighting the Indian Citizenship Act which was passed in 1924. Tribal sovereignty has been at the forefront of discussions in higher education and in the media since the Supreme Court McGirt ruling. Similarly, we have seen an increase in the number of institutions adopting land acknowledgments, revising curriculum and practices to include more Indigenous knowledge, and those who have forged/are forging more genuine and reciprocal partnerships with Tribes. The primary goal of the Symposium is to broaden the audience perspectives on these topics which are especially relevant to our Tribal communities. Topics specifically addressed by the keynote scholars include history, law, and literature. Dr. Kasey Keeler (Tuolumne Band Me-Wuk Tribal citizen) and Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee) will serve as keynote speakers and the center of the 51st Annual Symposium on the American Indian.