Center for Faculty Innovation

Aboriginal Title, Indigenous Nations, and Contemporary Wealth

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:  Student Success Center room 4043

Lunch will be provided starting at 12:00 PM with the Scholarly Talk beginning at 12:30. 


Scholars interested in Indigenous issues, policy, global politics, environmental studies, and law will find value in this scholarly talk that asks tough questions many other scholars have avoided. By critiquing “aboriginal title” Dr. Lerma is dragging back out into the open what many hoped would be swept under the rug. “Aboriginal Title” is tackled from an international relations perspective, forcing participants to consider, or reconsider, the role Indigenous nations once played in the world. As well, this approach will force participants to consider what role Indigenous nations can play tomorrow. Dr. Lerma heavily criticizes the narrative imposed on many Indigenous policy makers by calling the American political systems’ objectivity into question.  Is it really so wise for contemporary Indigenous leaders to be complicit in a process of self colonization? Dr. Lerma also recognizes the development literature in ways that question resource extraction practices. And while it may seem easy for some Indigenous leaders to simply turn off the source of water, oil, gas, and coal to the mainstream world, Lerma also recognizes how difficult it will be to do so.

Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Learning about the role of Indigenous groups in the world through an international relations framework, and
  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education.

Facilitator:  Michael Lerma, Ph.D., Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University

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