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Indigenous Women Speakers Series Presents: Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota) Lecture

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct. 10: Indigenous People’s Day

A discussion with esteemed activist, writer and college administration professional Megan Red Shirt-Shaw who will present on numerous positive implications that Native representation in higher education has on our communities: how to navigate higher education through an Indigenous lens; her personal journey through higher education and how she has utilized her advanced degree to uplift her community and other communities across Indian Country.  

Sponsored by Minneapolis College. 

Historical Overview and More Information 

United States

  • 492 - Columbus ‘discovered’ America 
    • Start of the violent colonization of the Western hemisphere 
    • Columbus and others committed violent acts and enslaved the people who already were living on the American continent
  • 1937 – Columbus Day becomes federal holiday 
    • Efforts to display a positive white image as an American historical figure signifying the greatness 
    • The Red Power Movement, during and after the Civil Rights Movement, gave birth to Indigenous Peoples’ day. “The Red Power Movement aimed to make American Indian people politically visible in an American society throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s.”  
  • Late 1980s – “South Dakota first backed a resolution to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.”
  • 1992, Berkeley, CA, 500-year anniversary of Columbus’s arrival linked Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day 



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