And the second session today at the #Indigenous History Conference is "From Traditional Knowledge to Colonial Oversight to Indigenous Integration: Educator’s Roundtable Indian Education in New England" with Alice Nash, Tobias Vanderhoop (Aquinnah Wampanoag),
Jennifer Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock), and
Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora).
Vanderhoop: "The colonial system of education happened to us." Wampanoag in the colonized schools were seen as more controllable, agreeable, etc. But their intention to get rid of Native Americans via the colonize education system failed.
Vanderhoop: Colonizers established schools, missions, praying towns, etc. with intention to wipe Indians out. But the Wampanoag adapted and resisted. What did the Wampanoag give up? How were students treated? Did they receive the education they were promised?
Vanderhoop: There are some historical waypoints that we can look to re: how Indigenous peoples gave up, were treated, etc. Some embraced colonial education, some submitted, there were many that resisted.
Vanderhoop: Wampanoag learned to read and write their own language by the 1650s. Some became literate in English. Education offered and meant to subdue Indians was turned into resistance efforts and became part of modern traditions.
Vanderhoop: Ancesters learned to navigate colonizer educational institutions. The ancestors adapted and learned and so do we in the modern era.
Alice Nash is up next talking about teaching Native American histories. She's an associate prof of history at Univ of Mass Amherst. Nash isn't Indigenous. She is an ally who has Pilgrim ancestry. Also has Japanese heritage, ancestors interned.
Nash: Interested in working with K12 teachers and equipping them with info and skills to teach Native American history to K12 students. Check out this website for resources:
Nash: For Indigenous peoples, the US education system is a master class in critical thinking. Have to figure out how to make sense of what they are being taught in school and what the truth actually is. How do you reconcile these two opposites?
Jennifer Weston is now discussing Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project programs.
Correction: Jean O'Brien is filling in for Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, who couldn't join in today. Jean O'Brien! Who write Firsting and Lasting:…
O'Brien discusses Native American studies at Univ of Minnesota and in general. Robert Warrior started the conversation of creating an Indigenous professional association. Eventually helped found Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)
O'Brien: NAISA holds annual meetings. Helped found global Indigenous studies as a discipline. They also have a journal. Both the journal and the org are intentional acts of sovereignty.
Now a Q&A session. For boarding school info, check out National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Thanks so much to all of the panelists @JeaniOBrien, Alice Nash, Linda Coombs, Tobias Vanderhoop, and Jennifer Weston, along with @joyce_rain18 @Plymouth_400 @BridgeStateU for this panel! See you tomorrow!
Also need to mention @DawnlandVoices!

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