Speaker: Dr. Cornel Pewewardy
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Title of Luncheon Talk: “Kill the Indian, Save the Indigeneity: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition”
Abstract of talk: This luncheon talk focuses on Native/Indigenous experiences in the U.S., it’s immediate application to understanding the false promise of recognition, liberal pluralism, and reconciliation as the core to colonial relationships between Native/Indigenous peoples and nation-states across the globe. The talk also will examine an alternative politics–one that seeks to revalue, reconstruct and redeploy Indigenous cultural practices based on self-recognition rather than on seeking appreciation (common ground) from the very agents of colonialism. Addressing the key tenets of Indigenous resistance movements, like Idle No More, Dakota Access Pipeline protests and local Lawton/Ft. Sill rally to CLOSE THE CAMPS, Pewewardy offers critical insights into the politics of active decolonization.
- Professor Pewewardy was selected the 2019 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors, one of AARP Oklahoma’s most prestigious and visible awards given to recognize outstanding Native American Elders who are making a powerful difference in their communities, and Indian County.
- In 2017 Dr. Pewewardy was named the Indian Educator of the Year Award by the Oregon Indian Education Association.
- At Portland State University, he was selected the 2016 and 2012 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Patricia Whitefoot Education Award with the Potlatch Fund in Seattle, WA.
- In 2015, Pewewardy was the recipient of the Silver Anniversary Award (25 years of service) from the National Association for Multicultural Education and winner of their International Multicultural Research Award.
- Dr. Pewewardy was named the 2009 Teacher of the Year by the National Indian Education Association; and 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Oregon Indian Education Association.
- In 2007 Pewewardy received the Mike Charleston Research Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Education by the American Education Research Association and 2005 Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award also by AERA.
- Dr. Pewewardy was named the 2001 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. He is a 5-time winner of the Big XII Outstanding Indian Faculty of the Year Award while at the University of Kansas.