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American Indians: The Other 1%

Summary: In the words of renowned American Indian scholar Tink Tinker, who is leading this teach-in: “I hope to discuss the contemporary economic repercussions of american colonial / corporate power on Indian communities across the continent. Thus, I will highlight the intense poverty of Indian communities in spite of resource rich lands that should make us the wealthiest Americans. Instead, we have an unemployment rate that is stuck at about 50%. But it’s recession proof….”

Tink Tinker is a senior faculty member at the Iliff School of Theology, where he has been teaching classes since 1985. His courses include American Indian cultures, history, and religious traditions; cross-cultural and Third-World theologies; and justice and peace studies. Tink is a frequent speaker on these topics both in the U.S. and internationally. His publications include American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty (2008); Spirit and Resistance: Political Theology and American Indian Liberation (2004); and Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Genocide (1993). He co-authored A Native American Theology (2001); and he is co-editor of Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance (2003), and Fortress Press’ Peoples’ Bible (2008).

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Indigenous Activists

Glenn Morris, Tessa McLean, Shannon Francis, Robert Chanate, and Scott Jacket.

Summary: A panel of indigenous activists who are deeply involved in indigenous peoples’ liberation struggles in places ranging from Denver to Canada to the United Nations. Among many issues, they speak to the importance of making indigenous values, perspectives and analysis integral to the occupy / decolonization movement.