21st Century Indian Country: Interrupting the Dominant Narrative

woman speaking into microphone, sign in background says "people's action"

Judith LeBlanc, Director of the Native Organizers Alliance and Roddenberry Fellow

Standing Rock, water rights, voting rights, mascots and other dominant colonial legacies are being interrupted by Native Americans claiming their own contemporary narratives to counter discrimination and invisibility. Political power was shifted in 2018 elections where hundreds of Native people, a majority woman, ran for public office. For the first time in U.S. history, two Indian women were elected to the U.S. Congress. Reclaiming narrative is a powerful tool to advance human rights and social justice.

About the Event

The Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights is an annual event devoted to the discussion and debate of local, regional, national, and global human rights issues and concerns.

Participating Affiliates

  • Myaamia Center
  • NAACP–Oxford Unit
  • EHS Initiative for Community Justice and Well-Being
  • META Collective
  • Miami Valley Farmers Union
  • Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice
  • League of Women Voters of Oxford

Past Program Topics and Speakers

2015 | Corporate personhood (David Cobb); Workshops on community organizing led by Pam McMichael and other Highlander staff

2014 | "The Unfinished Business of Freedom Summer" (Pam McMichael, Highlander Center), workshops on community organizing

2013 | Corporate personhood (David Cobb, Greg Coleridge) 

2012 | Media and Democracy (Rober McChesney, Jared Ball)

2011 | Environmental Justice, Van Jones

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Event Details


Monday, April 15, 2019


Program: 7pm

Reception: 8:30pm


Leonard Theater, 121 Peabody Hall


Judith LeBlanc