The Indigenous professionals seminar will enhance the campus community’s knowledge and awareness of contemporary Native American life.

The series will provide information regarding academic research interests, mentorship, and career opportunities aligned with emerging fields of Native American and Indigenous scholarship.

Each speaker will facilitate an exchange of ideas regarding Native American careers aligned with both academic and professional leadership, and offer doctoral and professional degree seeking students an opportunity to receive guidance regarding professional development within a culturally relevant setting.

Walter Echo Hawk

Walter Echo HawkAuthor and Attorney
Introduction by Angela Riley, Professor of Law, UCLA

Feb. 21, 2020 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Multicultural Community Center in the MLK Jr. Student Union

Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) is a Native American speaker, author, and attorney. Throughout his distinguished legal career, he has worked to protect the legal, political, property, cultural, and human rights of Indian tribes and Native peoples. An articulate and versed indigenous rights activist, Echo-Hawk delivers lectures on a wide variety of indigenous topics, involving Native arts and cultures, indigenous history, federal Indian law, religious freedom, environmental protection, Native American cosmology, and human rights.

This AIGP Professional Development Seminar is sponsored by AIGP, NALSa, and Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Amy Lonetree

Amy Lonetree

Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz

March 5 or 6 (Time TBD)
Barrows Hall, Room 597


Clint Carroll

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Clint CarrollJoseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Colloquia Series

March 17, 2020 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Latinx Research Center, 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley
Professional development talk on March 18, time and location TBD.

Indigenous Nations face significant challenges when it comes to the interrelated processes of cultural knowledge revitalization/perpetuation and environmental adaptation. These challenges range from compromised local ecological health brought about by development and climate change, to limited access to land due to legal, social, and/or political barriers, and to obstacles to knowledge transmission caused by educational and economic forces. This talk views these challenges in the context of the past and ongoing mutually-constitutive structures of settler colonialism and capitalism, and discusses how Cherokee people in Oklahoma are adapting and “re-existing” through land-based education and comprehensive conservation strategies.


This speaker series is sponsored by the American Indian Graduate Program, the American Indian Graduate Student Program, the Native American Law Students Association, Joseph A. Meyers for Research on Native American Issues, the Ethnic Studies Library, and the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.