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Territoriality, Sovereignty, and Water: Panel Discussion on Indian Rights and Law

April 12, 2017IASCollaboratives, Events0

Territoriality, Sovereignty, and Water:
Panel Discussion on Indian Rights and Law

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 6:30pm
Mill City Museum
704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis

Free and open to the public

Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p.

A panel of Indigenous scholars and practitioners will discuss water and land rights issues, using Indian law and contemporary issues such as Standing Rock and other environmental contestations as a window into broader, long-standing colonial dynamics. They will address such questions as:

  • How do American Indian sovereignty and tribal law intersect with federal law?
  • How are historic preservation laws and mechanisms for protecting cultural sites implemented at the federal, state, and tribal levels?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of citizens?

Panelists for this discussion include:

Dr. David E. Wilkins, McKnight Presidential Professor in American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota;
Dr. Joe Watkins, Anthropologist/Archaeologist, ACE Consultants, former Director, Native American Studies Program, University of Oklahoma;
Tamara St. John, Archivist for The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Archives, working with The Tribal Historic Preservation Office on cultural preservation
Tara Houska, tribal attorney and National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth.
Moderator: Joe D. Horse Capture, Director of American Indian Initiatives, Minnesota Historical Society.

This panel discussion is a part of the broader Heritage, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement: New Directions in Heritage Studies Residency with Carol Ellick, Barbara Little, Paul Shackel, and Joe Watkins (April 12-14, 2017):

What are the challenges of making “public spaces,” including parks, waterways, and heritage sites, authentically public and welcoming to an increasingly diverse population? The Institute for Advanced Study, the IAS Heritage Collaborative, and the UMN/Minnesota Historical Society Heritage Partnership have invited four leading scholars who work on civically engaged archaeology and heritage initiatives nationally and internationally for a residency focusing on these issues. They will meet with faculty and students who wish to participate in the University’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Heritage Studies and Public History ( They will visit classes and meet with staff and students working at MNHS Historic Sites, including Historic Fort Snelling. They will participate in two public programs: A panel discussion on Indian law and rights (April 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Mill City Museum) and a presentation on water, place and community (IAS Thursdays, April 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop). The Heritage Residency is made possible, in part, with support from an Office of the Provost Imagine Fund Special Projects Grant, and support from the IAS Heritage Collaborative. Additional cosponsors include the Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History Program, the Department of American Indian Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Mill City Museum. For more information, contact Phyllis Messenger, IAS, 612-625-8606,

Co-sponsored by the IAS Heritage Collaborative, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of American Indian Studies, the Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History Graduate Program, the Mill City Museum, and the Minnesota Historical Society/University of Minnesota Heritage Partnership, with funding from an Office of the Provost Imagine Fund Special Projects Grant.

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