Violence Against Native and Indigenous Identities: Unearthing and Healing Our Communities

The symposium includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, and performances by Indigenous leaders and scholars concerning the themes of violence and healing within and across Native American and Indigenous communities. We have the honor to host Andrea Smith as this year’s keynote speaker. Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is a scholar, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. NAIC is also hosting Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist Frank Waln, whose music looks at Native American history and the ghost thereof that continues to haunt the present. Additionally, we are hosting Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk) whose work focuses on the problems of First Nations recognition and the analysis of citizenship and nationhood formations that occur in spite of settler colonial governance and imposition. The event includes the participation of several other native elders, leaders and intellectuals of the local Austin area who address how their communities are afflicted by and are combating symbolic, structural, and/or physical violence.

ASL interpreting is available on Thursday and Friday. In addition, refreshments are provided throughout the symposium. If you have questions, please email us at or visit the event page here.

If you are looking for a ride to Alma-de-Mujer, we are providing rides from campus. Please fill out the google excel sheet so that we may reserve your spot here.

This event is free and open to students, faculty, and community members. We hope you are able to join us!

Tlazocamati/ Chaltu Mai/ Wopila/ Jamadi/ Maltioxinik/ Axe’he’ / Thank you/ Gracias.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00am to 3:30pm

Liberal Arts Building (CLA), 1.302E
305 23RD ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

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Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public



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