Indigenous Knowledge RisingWahleah Johns is a Navajo (Diné) activist from the Black Mesa Water Coalition and will be talking about the process of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables on tribal lands. This was a great opportunity to learn more about community organizing, tribal economies, renewable energy, and youth empowerment.
Rethinking American Indian Mental Health: Developing Innovative Solutions in Indian Country in the 21st Century
In part one of the AIRC's Amah Mutsun Speaker Series we hosted Dr. Virgil Moorehead (Yurok) a staff psychologist at Stanford University Vaden Health Center. Dr. Moorehead emphasized how current therapeutic and psychological practices conflict with traditional Native community practices. As a way to counter this disconnect and revert back to traditional practices that align with one's self of community, Dr. Virgil and his students created a digital storytelling series. Digital storytelling is an innovative way of merging both ways of healing in an effort to improve the well-being of American Indian people.
AIRC's Sacred Sites Altar at La Bienvenida
Sacred sites are places within the landscape that have a special meaning or significance under varying cultures. In many Native cultures their creation stories tied them to the land and holds deep significance. Unfortunately, many Native communties have been forced to relocate regardless of the special ties that hold them to one region. As a response many of our sacred sites have been destroyed in order to build malls and other commercial uses. At this years Bienvenida (Welcome), hosted by El Centro the Chicano Latino Resource Center, the American Indian Resource Center was able to add their sacred sites altar in remembrance for any site that holds significance to the Native community and the AIRC's interns.
Indigethanx: An Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration
Indigethanx provides an opportunity to rethink the Thanksgiving holiday and help educate the UCSC community about traditional Native foods.
In this presentation by professor Benjamin Madley, PhD he spoke about his book and the situation anout the California Indian. "Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. Madley describes pre-contact California and precursors to the genocide before explaining how the Gold Rush stirred vigilante violence against California Indians. He narrates the rise of a state-sanctioned killing machine and the broad societal, judicial, and political support for genocide. Many participated: vigilantes, volunteer state militiamen, U.S. Army soldiers, U.S. congressmen, California governors, and others. The state and federal governments spent at least $1,700,000 on campaigns against California Indians. Besides evaluating government officials’ culpability, Madley considers why the slaughter constituted genocide and how other possible genocides within and beyond the Americas might be investigated using the methods presented in this groundbreaking book."
In this film screening, Finley spoke about the urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people planting to transform their neighborhoods and changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.
This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and "plant some shit."