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Indigenous Rights and Extractive Industry

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Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


-          Sacred Water: Standing Rock, Part I (00:44:06). Audiences are taken to the early site of a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline project that threatens the land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. Interviews with tribal leaders and activists reveal the historic underpinnings that have led to current indigenous struggles.

-          Red Power: Standing Rock, Part II (01:06:46). The second episode shows the continuing struggle to stop the DAPL construction on indigenous land. Interviews with activists show the day-to-day life in the camp and as well as the many reasons why they choose to persist in fighting for indigenous rights. The film also details more of the bureaucratic processes that control the movement in various phases.

Series trailer: https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/rise-series-trailer/584581036d0c733c221e1e13?=1


-          His Excellency Mr. Crispin S. Gregoire, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the Commonwealth of Dominica has had a long and distinguished career as a diplomat, scholar, and practitioner. Among many accomplishments, Ambassador Gregoire served as Chief for Strategic Monitoring and Support of Caribbean Country Offices at the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) from 2012 to 2014 and Special Adviser to the U.N. General Assembly President for the First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014. During his tenure at the U.N., he also served as Dominica’s Representative to the International Criminal Court, a Member of the NGO Committee, a Member of the Committee on Decolonization, and Chairman of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. His research and nonprofit work spans decades, with specific emphases on community economic development, nonprofit governance, indigenous peoples in the Caribbean, and geothermal energy development in Dominica.

-          Dr. Jennifer Richter, Assistant Professor for the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Dr. Richter's research examines the intersections of science and society on a local to global scale. Focusing on energy justice, Dr. Richter studies such topics as nuclear waste, renewable energy production, and the cultural, political, and environmental implications of energy policy. 

-          Phyllis Young, Cofounder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN) 1978; former Chair of Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian and member for 15 years, and Former Council Member of the Standing Rock Nation

-          Local/youth indigenous rights activists [To Be Confirmed]

Session schedule:

-          10:00-11:00 a.m.: Screening of Sacred Water, break & transitions

-          11:00-11:30 a.m.: Commentary & questions with Ambassador Gregoire

-          11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.: Screening of Red Power, break & transitions

-          12:40-1:30 p.m.: Panel discussion with Richter, Young and indigenous rights activists