Indigenizing Environmental Justice – Virtual Platform

|Indigenizing Environmental Justice – Virtual Platform
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos

This is a Virtual “Road Trip” to the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture (RYSEC)

How does the indigenous perspective and history inform how we think about environmental ethics and environmental justice? When in graduate school, guest speaker, Dina Gilio-Whitaker noticed that American Indians were not reflected in environmental justice scholarship. “The frameworks and histories that formulate that literature really don’t address the histories of colonialism in this country, and tribal sovereignty and nationhood. What does environmental justice look like through the lens of settler colonialism?” How does that go beyond the lens of environmental racism?

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. As a public intellectual, Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, High Country News, and many more. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of “All the Real Indians Died Off”: and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, released in 2019.

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