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Education :: Discussion
Reclamation Histories with Dr. Eric Zimmer
4:00 PM (America/Denver GMT-06:00)
University of Montana
Today, #Landback has become a popular tagline that describes Indigenous people’s efforts to reclaim their ancestral homelands. Every few months, a new story pops about a tribe buying back its land. Although many historians have rightfully emphasized the dispossession of tribal land, Native Nations have been reclaiming land in the United States for centuries. Join UM Visiting Professor Eric Zimmer for a conversation and film screening about two Indigenous land reclamation projects he’s working on. The first is the subject of his forthcoming book, Red Earth Nation: Reclamation and Recovery on Meskwaki Land (University of Oklahoma Press), which examines the story of the Meskwaki Nation, a tribe in Iowa, that defied federal directives and bought back part of its homeland in 1857, then rebuilt its community on Meskwaki land and Meskwaki terms. The other is the Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands Project, an award-winning Indigenous-led community research and advocacy project based in Zimmer’s hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. During the presentation, Zimmer will screen “Remember the Children,” a short documentary about the search for the graves of children who died at the school—which also led to an ongoing, years-long effort to reclaim Native land in Rapid City. Both stories offer historical context and lessons learned to anyone interested in the modern movement to uncover the stories of Indigenous boarding schools or reclaim tribal lands.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: University of Montana
Address: 32 Campus Drive, LA Building Room 11 Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-6880

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