Free and Open to All
Monday, October 9, 2017
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Highline’s main campus
Come to Highline for Indigenous Peoples Day, where two Native presenters will offer their unique perspectives.
Highline began official recognition of the day in 2016. The day offers an opportunity both to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that neighboring tribes add to the college.
Contact Tanya Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 592-3662
Both talks are free and open to the public and will be held on the college’s main campus.
Dr. Denise Bill
“Indigenous Peoples in 2017”
Bills will share what Indigenous Peoples Day means to indigenous peoples. Attendees will learn about the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and some of its programs: higher education, language, art, history and land.
Bills currently serves as executive director of higher education at Muckleshoot Tribal College. She has been a teacher, staff development trainer and administrator in public education for more than 20 years, including two years as superintendent of the Muckleshoot Tribal School. Her emphasis is working with Native American students in public schools and at Muckleshoot Tribal College. She also serves as adjunct faculty for Northwest Indian College, Evergreen State College and Antioch University.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill
Using poetry, history and personal story, Driskill will address how by telling their stories, indigenous and LGBTQ+ peoples can contribute to social transformation, resistance, healing and imaginings of a decolonized future. Driskill’s talk is presented in partnership with LGBTQIA Week 2017.
Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of “Walking with Ghosts: Poems” (Salt Publishing, 2005) and the co-editor of “Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature” and “Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature” (both published by University of Arizona, 2011). Driskill’s book “Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory” (University of Arizona 2016) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017. S/he is the director of graduate studies in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.