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Saturday, October 20 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Beyond Sovereignty: New Solutions for Self-Determination | Indigenous Forum
Despite its widespread use in Indian country, the concept of “sovereignty” is often misunderstood and misused. Derived from 16th Century political theory, sovereignty has, in the context of Native American peoples in the U.S., come to mean the right of federally recognized tribes to self-govern as nations within the broader entity of the United States. In this provocative workshop, Native community leaders and scholars will explore how tribes might begin to go beyond conventional applications of sovereignty to include food sovereignty beyond farming, economic sovereignty beyond gaming, and environmental sovereignty beyond current legal systems. With: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Suzan Harjo; (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), activist/policy maker; Carletta Tilousi, (Havasupai), Tribal Chairperson. Moderated by Michael Johnson (Arikara/Hidatsa/Ojibwe), Assistant Director of Development at Native American Rights Fund.

Workshop Speakers
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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is the Colorado-based Assistant Director of Development at the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit that uses existing laws and treaties to ensure that governments live up to their legal obligations. A citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota... Read More →
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Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →
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Carletta Tilousi

Carletta Tilousi, a member of the Havasupai Tribal Council for the past 14 years, is a lifelong advocate for the protection of the Grand Canyon and for social and environmental justice for her tribe and other Indigenous people of the Canyon. She has participated in many major international... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum