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The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South held the 2nd Annual Indigenous Symposium on Tuesday, April 2 from 8:30am – 5:30pm in the Qatar Ballroom on Tulane’s Uptown Campus.
Featured speakers and panels discussed methods of resistance that include a territorial acknowledgement, archaeology, foodways, a social activist roundtable, a cultural demonstration, and a presentation of new research from various scholars. Featured keynote speaker Dr. N. Bruce Duthu presented Tribal Sovereignty and Juridical Spaces: Tribal Lands as Domains of Self-Determination, Subsistence and the Sacred. Tribal representation included: Atakapa-Ishak, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, United Houma Nation, Isle de Jean Charles Band, Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, Diné Nation and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe.
Sovereignty is the full right and power of a governing body over itself, without any interference from outside sources or bodies. The colonial history of the gulf south region is fraught with infractions to the sovereignty of Indigenous governance, land rights and physical bodies. Disputed territories, extraction of wealth and minerals from the earth and water, sugar and cotton antebellum plantation monopolies and rebellions throughout the circum-Caribbean and in the gulf south all characterize a region where the personal sovereignty of human bodies and the natural world were consistently at risk. Despite concerted harm to Indigenous bodies and minds, and decimation of the natural landscape and further isolation and dispersal of Native populations, gulf south Indigenous communities continue to persist, nurture, and fight for sovereignty.
What a Success! The 2nd Annual NOCGS Indigenous Symposium took place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
2018 NOCGS Indigenous Symposium
Rebecca Snedeker, Co-Chair, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University
Pierre Geny, Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer
Denis Vialou, Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer
Roundtable:Long Memories of Living People: Cultural Heritage and Place
Moderator: Nathalie Dajko, Tulane University
Translator: Nathalie Clarke, Tulane University French:
Theresa Dardar, Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe
Chief Albert Naquin, Isle de Jean Charles Band, Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe
Donna Pierite, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana English:
Principal Chief Thomas Dardar, Jr., United Houma Nation
Jeffery U. Darensbourg, Alligator Band, Atakapa-Ishak Nation
Ongoing Projects: Research and Engagement Opportunities Looking Forward to Preserve the Past and to Nourish the Present
Laura D. Kelley, Tulane University
Matthew Bethel, Sea Grant, Louisiana State University
Dorothy Cheruiyot & Emily Farrer, Tulane University
Sunshine Best, Tulane University
Elisabeth Mora & Andrew Abdalian, Tunica Biloxi Language Program
Amy Lesen & Chief Albert Naquin, Tulane University & Isle de Jean Charles Band