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CLC celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

November 2021


Native American Heritage Month
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Indigenous, Native, American Indians, Indians, Native Americans, First Nations, Aboriginal, Abodigenous?

High-Context Versus Low-Context Cultural Communication and its Implications in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 9, 3-4:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Richard Meyers, Director of Graduate Studies, Oglala Lakota College

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How are students who are tokenized by sheer numbers going to help us to begin to decolonize the classroom space, our syllabi, and, more generally, our disciplines?

Tokenism and strategic essentialism often frame classroom situations for minoritized students. Although students’ performance of identity in the classroom is contingent on imposed expectations within the structure of formal education, it is not often understood in this way. What may appear as an adjective to a formal-learning space identity for some (e.g., Native, Black, Latinx, etc.), is lived and experienced in a vastly different way outside of those spaces. Is there a way to move away from maintaining our Native American, Black, and Latinx students in the position of the “other”? This presentation will address ways in which we might not only challenge but correct essentialized claims about indigenous and other minoritized identities.


About the Guest Speaker

Richard Meyers is Director of Graduate Studies and an associate professor at Oglala Lakota College (OLC) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He holds Masters and PhD degrees in Anthropology from Arizona State University, as well as a Master’s degree in English from the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College, where he was both a fellow and faculty member.

At South Dakota State University, he served as Director of Tribal Outreach to the President, was Program Coordinator of American Indian Studies, and served as Assistant to the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences on matters of inclusion, diversity, and equity. Meyers has served as a writer for the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs under both the Bush and Obama administrations, and was a fellow in the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian. As an Oglala (Lakota) Sioux tribal member, he is one of a small group of federally recognized tribal members to achieve a PhD within the discipline of anthropology.


Lancer Circles: Indigenous in Plain Sight Reflection

Thursday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Please watch TEDx Talk: Indigenous in Plain Sight before the Lancer Circle

Participants of the Lancer Circle: Indigenous In Plain Sight Reflection will share their reflections and learn about each other through storytelling. Lancer Circles are hosted at limited capacity to ensure a good experience for all participants. Registering for a Lancer Circle is a request to participate. You will receive confirmation if your request is submitted before the Lancer Circle capacity is reached.