Host and Producer of First Voices Indigenous Radio
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Room: Auditorium 1
Stamford Regional Campus of UConn
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.”
He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972-1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding and church missionary school systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.” Tiokasin has a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. As a teenager, he spoke at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth.
His presentation will relate a personal journey through the historical and cultural resilience and identity in Native North America. A survey of systems of understanding and explaining the relationships between human beings and the natural world in Native American cultures including: concepts of power, spirituality and ceremonialism, ethical systems and culturally based ways of know-ing. There will be emphasis upon a framework of understanding issues related to colonization and upon looking at different think-ing processes of inclusivity and exclusivity in relationship to how modern or present day Native peoples transition between the dominant socio-economic and belief systems of the Euro-American while maintaining cultural resilience.
The relationship between the US Government and Indigenous peoples from the colonial period to present day is being addressed in Dr. Paul L. Jalbert’s current course on Government Communication.
This presentation is sponsored by Dr. Paul L. Jalbert and the Campus Program Committee: Drs. Joel Blatt and Fred Roden