Indigenous New Media Symposium

Friday 21 February, 2014
5:30 - 8:30pm, $0

New School, Kaplan Hall
66 West 12 Street, The Auditorium

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The Indigenous New Media Symposium brings together Native American and First Nation media makers and creative activists to discuss how new media platforms are being used in the indigenous community to educate, organize, entertain, and advocate.

In the past few years blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other tools have become important mechanisms to communicate indigenous perspectives in North America. Traditional media’s long history of native stereotypes is being confronted by a new tech-savvy young generation that is speaking out strongly about cultural, political and economic issues.

This symposium will also discuss other pertinent issues surrounding native media participation such as North America’s digital divide, media effectiveness and identity issues. By holding the event in the heart of New York City, the symposium hopes to draw wider attention to this important and emerging movement.

Participants will include: 

Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) earned her PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Native designers of high fashion, and is in the process of editing her dissertation for a book manuscript. She is the main author of the website Beyond Buckskin and is the owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique. She has co-curated exhibitions and taught college courses in Native American studies, studio art, art history, and literature. Her current work focuses on American Indian art, clothing, and design from all time periods, with an emphasis on contemporary artists.

Adrienne Keene is an EdD candidate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Adrienne has a deep personal commitment to exploring research methodologies that empower Native communities and privilege Native voices and perspectives, with the ultimate goal of increasing educational outcomes for Native students. She is dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples on her blog, Native Appropriations, which has received national and international attention as a voice on contemporary Indigenous issues. Her writing has also been featured onRacialiciousSociological ImagesBitch Magazine, Indian Country Today, and more.

Chase Iron Eyes (Lakota Sioux) is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is a founder of Last Real Indians, a media resource for original indigenous content creating the New Indigenous Millennium. In 2012, Chase and members of Last Real Indians launched a social media campaign that raised nearly $1,000,000 towards the historic re-purchasing of the sacred site known as Pe’Sla located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Chase is a Tribal judge, Lakota Peoples Law Project Staff Attorney & 7th Generation fund grant recipient. Chase received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Clayton is the co-director of the Indigenous Tar Sands (ITS) Campaign of the Polaris Institute as well as a volunteer organizer with the Defenders of the Land-Idle No More national campaign known as Sovereignty Summer. Clayton is a key media strategist for the Idle No More movement, which has generated a large social media presence from indigenous communities around the world. Clayton serves on the board of the Global Justice Ecology Project, Canadian based Raven Trust and Navajo Nation based, Black Mesa Water Coalition. He has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a "Climate Hero 2009" by Yes Magazine.

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