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AISC Grand Opening Symposium

AISC Gran Opening Celebration

AISC Grand Opening Symposium

April 15-16, 2021

VIRTUAL Conference with limited in-person participation
in Honor of the Grand Opening of the American Indian Student Center
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA

South Dakota State University’s Wokini Initiative, School of American and Global Studies, and American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program invite submissions to the 2021 Indigenizing Spaces: American Indian and Indigenous Student Success Symposium, in Brookings, SD, lands indigenous to the Santee, or Dakota peoples. We acknowledge the human and other than human relationships of this place among the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota peoples as we invite our relatives, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to these lands to address the role of Indigenous peoples, knowledge and research in higher education. We ask all who visit to tread with respect for the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, rooted in futurity, grounded in tradition and enacted in the present.

Capacity in AISC 100 is 31 people. Overflow viewing will available in the AISC conference room. The symposium can be attended virtually if capacity has been met in the center. Thank you for understanding.


General Zoom Link - Access All Sessions

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Learn more about each session on the event page for day 1.

9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Welcome by Academic and Student Affairs Dignitaries 9:15 

9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. 

American Indian Student Research Panel
Ava Torres, Paige Cain, McKenzie Hubbard, Keitra Cabinboy

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lakota Language Revitalization Town Hall
Opening remarks and brief presentation from Dr. Sharity Bassett, Dr. Mark Freeland, Dr. Christi Garst-Santos and Dr. Tasha Hauff

12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Panel
Mitakuye Oyasin: Creating Tiospaye at University of South Dakota through student advocacy, curriculum, research and cultural programming. 
Damon P. Leader Charge, Dr. John Little, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, Dr. Elise Boxer

2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Roundtable: "Returning Home: Land, Language and Learning"
Roberto Mukaro Borrero, Tai Pelli, Claudia Fox Tree and Dr. Erica Moore

3:30 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.

Book Reading and Discussion: Aaheyaadizi: Worldview, Language and the Logics of Decolonization
Dr. Mark Freeland (author) and Dr. Margaret Noodin

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Virtual Keynote: Dr. Adrienne Keene
Attend Keynote
There will be a communal viewing in Founders Recital Hall

Friday, April 16, 2021

Learn more about each session on the event page For Day 2.

9:45 a.m.-9:55 a.m.


10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

Discussion: Non-Academic Considerations for Student Success: Focus-Group Findings and a Fireside Chat
Dr. Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head and Melinda Lakota; moderator, Dr. Erica Moore

11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Workshop: "Keepers of the Flame": A Hands-On Experiential Learning Course for Native Students at UC Davis
Melinda Adams

12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

AISC Center Staff Professional Roundtable

Keynote Address – April 15, 2021, 7 p.m.
Keene, Adrienne

Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, awardee of the Wisteria Fund for her podcast, All My Relations, and author of the upcoming book, College Pride, Native Pride: Building Indigenous Futures Through Higher Education (UMN Press). Dr. Keene graduated with a B.A. in Cultural and Social Anthropology; Native American Studies, from Stanford University, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. The podcast, All My Relations, that she and Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Talalip) co-host, has won several awards such as “Best Podcasts 2019” (Marie Claire Magazine) and “Best Podcasts on Race and History” (Fortune Magazine). In addition to several publications in academic journals, Dr. Keene has published numerous national press articles including, “Advice for Non-Indigenous instructors of Native Studies” (Indian Country Today), and “Colorado State University Tour Incident is Nothing New for Native Students” (Teen Vogue). Dr. Keene will open the 2021 Indigenizing Spaces: American Indian and Indigenous Student Success Symposium with a discussion rooted in her research areas of college access for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students, including the role of pre-college access programs in student success.

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Land Acknowledgement:

South Dakota State University acknowledges the land it occupies across South Dakota is the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Oceti Sakowin [oh-CHEH-tee shaw-KOHwe], meaning Seven Council Fires, which is the proper name for the people referred to as Sioux. We acknowledge that before these sites were named South Dakota State University, they were called home by the people of American Indian Nations indigenous to this region. The tribal alliance made up of individual bands of the Seven Council Fires is based on kinship, location and dialects: Santee-Dakota, Yankton-Nakota and Teton-Lakota. We acknowledge the sovereignty of the nine federally recognized Native Nations in South Dakota: Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee, Lower Brule, Oglala, Rosebud, Sisseton-Wahpeton, Standing Rock and Yankton Sioux Tribes. As a land-grant university, it is our mission to provide access to higher education to all. We are committed to building respectful and positive relationships with indigenous communities through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions, extension programs and enrollment efforts.