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“Decolonizing with Indigenous Protocols: Lessons learned from Standing Rock” with Jimmy Snyder (Kickapoo), College of Education (A NAS Research Colloquium)

Jan 9, 2018, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Many Nations Longhouse

Free and open to the public

Bring your own lunch


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We will be learning from the events of Standing Rock 2016 for decades to come. This discussion focuses on a handful of protocols set in place by camp organizers ensuring specific indigenous values were practiced in daily interactions. These protocols influenced how things like daily work details were allotted, how long lines people waited in were organized, and how the creation of artwork by activist was able to be expressed. Essentially, these protocols prevented some of the mainstream neoliberal values of fairness, equity, and efficiency at all cost from colonizing the camps. Instead, indigenous values of cooperation, intense listening, and patience were what was emphasized. This conversation seeks to question what else can be imagined from the example set at Standing Rock? What other indigenous protocols can be used to decolonize our daily spaces?

Jimmy Snyder is a third-year PhD student in the Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education program in the College of Education at the University of Oregon with interests in place-based education and Indigenous critical theory. He is a citizen of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. A 2009 alum of the UO Sapsik’wala master’s degree program, Snyder has a history degree from the University of Kansas and has over twenty years experience working in tribal communities (in tribal college and reservation schools). Mr. Snyder has taught high school social studies on the Kickapoo and Navajo reservations.

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