Teaching & Learning on Indigenous Land

Colorado College's mission of equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism requires that we acknowledge that we are on Ute homelands and that we also acknowledge that academic institutions like Colorado College were founded upon histories of dispossession and forced removal and continue to enact exclusions and erasures of Indigenous Peoples today.

Through these acknowledgements, we accept that the achievement of CC's mission now requires more than the recognition that the land we occupy is stolen. It requires real and equitable partnership with the Ute Peoples, CC Indigenous community, and Indigenous communities of Colorado Springs.

The Crown Faculty Center celebrates and learns from the Native American Student Union and Indigenous Studies students, faculty and staff. We applaud the political victory this year, led by Indigenous activists, that achieved permanent recognition by the City Council of Colorado Springs of Indigenous People's Day on the 2nd Monday of October. We mourn the disproportionate loss of Native lives to COVID-19. We invite questions, reflections, and collaborations.

We share the following resources for teaching and learning through Indigenous People's Day, National Native American Heritage Month, the National Day of Mourning, and every day of the year.


"Don't Forget Indigenous Struggles On Thanksgiving"

Sandy Grande 2

4-minute video by Dr. Sandy Grande (Political Science and Native American and Indigenous Studies, University of Connecticut)
'America is a myth and the United States is on stolen land.' Three ways to focus on Indigenous struggles on Thanksgiving. (2017)

"The Invention of Thanksgiving" ‎‎‏‏‎ ‎

Invention of Thanksgiving

2019 New Yorker article by Dr. Philip Deloria (History, Harvard University)
"The Invention of Thanksgiving: Massacres, myths, and the making of the great November holiday."

"Celebrate Indigenous People's Day, Not Columbus"

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples

All My Relations Podcast, hosted by Matika Wilbur and Dr. Adrienne Keene (American Studies, Brown University)

"Celebrate Indigenous People's Day, Not Columbus"

Colorado College Faculty and Staff ‏‏‎ ‎

Sociology Compass

Dr. Dwanna McKay (REMS, Colorado College)
Dwanna L. McKay, Kirsten Vinyeta, and Kari Norgaard. 2020. "Theorizing Race and Settler Colonialism within US Sociology." Sociology Compass 14(9): early view published online August 4. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12821


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