“I just had to be there”: Experiences of Indigenous Students in the #NoDAPL Movement

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown

Manning Hall

In 2016, resistance camps of thousands were established on the plains in support of the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Among those thousands of protectors were an unknown number of Native college students, there for a few days at a time in between classes, or some who had stopped out completely to be a part of the movement. This study heard stories of college student-activists who participated in the #NoDAPL movement, to understand the ways their activism in the largest indigenous movement of their lifetimes intersected with their motivations and goals for their college work, and their relationships to their institutions themselves.

Adrienne Keene is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her research areas include college access, transition, and persistence for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Students, including the role of pre-college access programs in student success. Additionally, she examines representations of Native peoples in popular culture, Native cultural appropriation in fashion and design, and the ways that Indigenous peoples are using the internet, social media, and new media to challenge misrepresentations and create new and innovative spaces for art and activism.

This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Supported by generous donors Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum and by Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown.