How does the indigenous perspective and history inform how we think about environmental ethics and environmental justice? When in graduate school, our speaker, Dina Gilio-Whitaker noticed that American Indians were not reflected in environmental justice scholarship. “The frameworks and histories that formulate that literature really don’t address the histories of colonialism in this country, and tribal sovereignty and nationhood. What does environmental justice look like through the lens of settler colonialism?” How does that go beyond the lens of environmental racism?
Join us for a thought-provoking talk, with some time for responses and questions.
About Our Speaker
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing.
As a public intellectual, Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist as well, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, High Country News and many more. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’s “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, was released in 2019.
Sharing of Responsibility
Donations to RYSEC for Sunday Programs in January, 2021, will be shared with the American Indian Community House (aich.org), a community-based organization which serves the needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. AICH seeks to improve the status of Native Americans and to foster inter-cultural understanding.
Please mark your check or online donation “Sunday Programs,” to be sure it’s split between our sharing partner for the month and support for the programs of the Society.