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Friday, October 20 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Fighting Racism in School | Indigenous Forum
From stereotypes in national creation myths like Thanksgiving to the erasure of the American genocide, Native American youth face racism from kindergarten through post-secondary education. This is especially poignant in California, where Native Peoples also face a widespread misperception that they don’t exist. California Indian and other Native youth share personal stories of successful battles to bring the real history of America into the classroom and to abolish dehumanizing Indian mascots once and for all. Hosted by Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), co-founder of the 1491’s comedy crew. With: Dahkota Brown (Wilton-Miwok), founder, NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), National Advisory Council on Indian Education; Chiitaanibah Johnson (Diné/Maidu), Indigenous rights activist, Sacramento State University; Jayden Lim (Pomo), Native Youth Ambassador, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center; Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache) organizer/activist, Oak Flat, Arizona.

Keynotes
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Dallas Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network
Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and ev... Read More →
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Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache), 17, a high school senior from San Carlos, AZ, passionate about her culture, identity, and tribal sovereignty, has become an internationally renowned Indigenous Rights and environmental leader. She co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. a... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Dahkota Brown

Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown (Miwok/Concow/Yuki enrolled with the Wilton Rancheria), an award-winning youth activist, is the founder and President of the nonprofit, NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), which works to improve the lives and academic performan... Read More →
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Chiitaanibah Johnson

Chiitaanibah Johnson (Navajo/Maidu) is a Sacramento State University student who sparked a national debate over how Native American history is taught when she challenged her history professor for saying the word "genocide" was too strong a term to describe what happened to Americ... Read More →
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Jayden Lim

Jayden Lim (Pomo), a high school junior skilled in GIS software, business planning, and Pomo language documentation (and also a DJ since age 11!), serves as a Tribal Youth Ambassador (TYA) for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Jayden spoke at the White House cerem... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum
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