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2020 Work-In: "So You Read the Land Acknowledgment Statement: Now What?”
In 2018, the University of Illinois established a Land Acknowledgment Statement. Statements like these are increasingly read not only throughout the United States, but also in other contexts globally.

So what is a Land Acknowledgment Statement and why is it read? How is it connected to larger Native American issues (activism?) on our campus, in our region, and throughout the country? And now that we’ve read (or heard) it, what’s next?

At this Work-In, we will work to create a list of questions related to the Land Acknowledgment Statement in order to co-create resources, guiding principles, and strategies around the next steps.

Format: Participants will submit questions and experiences related to the Land Acknowledgment Statement (local context, contents, terminology, use, applicability to teaching, etc.) ahead of the work-in date. You can submit these at the time of registration.

Preliminary answers, ideas, and resources will be shared during the work-in, and used to create materials available after the work-in presentation & discussion.

Facilitator: Jenny Davis (Anthropology and American Indian Studies, Chancellor’s Fellow for Indigenous Research & Ethics)

ACCOMMODATIONS: If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact info-hri@illinois.edu as soon as possible. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Dec 1, 2020 05:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jenny Davis
Professor, Anthropology and American Indian Studies @University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the American Indian Studies Program. She is the 2019-2023 Chancellor's Fellow of Indigenous Research & Ethics. In this role, she is working to develop campus initiatives, including a campus-wide NAGPRA office, to ensure that the University is knowledgeable about and in compliance with U.S. and tribal government policies and protocols through collaborating with faculty, the NAGPRA Officer, campus and tribal leaders, and advising the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors on issues involving ethical research of Indigenous people, histories, and cultures. She also serves as the co-chair of the campus NAGPRA Advisory Committee.