I am presenting at the Alternative Sovereignties Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Friday, May 9 – Erb Memorial Union
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Contesting Absence, Creating Presence – Maple Room
- Linda Fuller, “Indigenous Resistances: Modes, Visions, and Accomplishments”
- James Daria, “Land, Territory, and Autonomy: The Creation and Suppression of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, Mexico.”
- Vince Rinehart, “Self-Constructing Tlingit Sovereignty”
- Celeste Pedri-Spade, “Nametoo (Anishinabemowin for “there is evidence that he/she was/is present”)”
I will be discussing ideas around what a true tribal nation looks like and how we can rebuild them today, using the construction of a de facto Tlingit Nation as an example. What were our tribes? They were networks of decentralized, autonomous clans, bands and villages that practiced a form of polycentric tribal law and common resource ownership. In the Tlingit world clans are everything. At the root of our societal breakdown and colonization is the destruction of our clans and the imposition of settler institutions. Rebuild our clans and sovereignty follows.