Portland's Urban Native Americans: What You Need To Know To Be An Ally

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Taught by Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree tribe), Ph.D.

Four weeks $60. Space limited to 15, REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE.

Native Americans face tricky sociopolitical and structural inequities in today's Portland. What does it mean to be an ally? Explore the issues impacting Native Americans, the history behind them, and gain a language for supporting the lives and culture of Native people. This experimental, silly, and interactive class will crush stereotypes and raise hell. In a fun way.

Class 1 (June 10): The Context for Urban Natives of Portland: who we are, where we were, what we're doing now. Current studies estimate at least 60% of Native people live off reservation. Historically, this is no accident. Discover why it's important to understand the unique characteristics of Urban Indians compared to other non­white urban populations, and to their reservation counterparts. Learn about federal policy toward Native peoples like the Doctrine of Discovery and its role in US expansion. We'll look at Portland's Native Indians as a case study and consider the contemporary impact of policies upon Native people.

Class 2 (June 17): Issues Facing Portland's Urban Native People: a brief exploration. Using a recent report from the Coalition of Communities of Color, we will look at some of the data that describes the inequities Portland's Native people face , and explore the implications and historical precedents such as the termination of Oregon Tribes and relocation of reservation peoples to cities in the 1950s, when many Native Americans were brought to Portland to work the Vanport shipyards.

Class 3 (June 24): Quantum and other quagmires: Let's get real. Is there an appropriate means to recognize and define just what and who is an Indian? To obtain federal recognition and protection, American Indians, unlike any other American ethnic group, must constantly prove their identity. The current and past standard of “proof” has been blood quantum. Blood quantum has vast implications for the continuity of tribes. We'll explore the role of cultural identification, the uses of quantum on other racial groups, and possible alternatives.

Class 4 (July 1): Brass Tacks:­ Being An Ally to Urban Natives. In our final class, we look at contemporary ideas of privilege, considering the complexities of intersectionality, and grappling with the idea of “white fragility.” We'll find a language and a framework for being an ally. Leave feeling better informed and better equipped to be part of a better future for Native Americans.
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