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The Indigenous Alliance

Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Indigenous Female Leadership:
Disrupting Dominant Discourses

Monday, October 8, 2018

K-State Student Union
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Download the final Conference Program (PDF)

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Archived Presentations

Keynote – “Raping Indian Country”

Elizabeth Kronk WarnerElizabeth Kronk Warner, J.D.
(Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

University of Kansas, Professor of Law, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Director, Tribal Law & Government Center, Affiliated Professor, Indigenous Studies

Elizabeth Kronk Warner, who is on the University of Kansas Law faculty, received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Prior to her 2012 arrival at KU, Warner served on the law faculties at Texas Tech University and the University of Montana, and as an Environmental Justice Young Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. Her scholarship, which focuses primarily on the intersection of Indian Law and Environmental Law, is published in prominent journals. She is co-author of the casebook Native American Natural Resources and co-edited Climate Change and Indigenous People: The Search for Legal Remedies. Warner serves as an appellate judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals in Michigan and a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas. Warner previously served as chair of the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section and was elected to the Association’s national board of directors in 2011. She also served as chairwoman of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Kronk Warner Presentation slides (PDF)


Keynote – “Indigenizing the Academy and Reclaiming the Space of Our Ancestors”

Robin MinthornRobin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Ph.D.
(Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Apache, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Assiniboine)

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Native American Studies, University of New Mexico

Robin Minthorn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico in Educational Leadership and Native American Studies. She is the coordinator for the Native American Leadership in Education (NALE) doctoral cohorts in the Educational Leadership Program. Dr. Minthorn also currently serves as the Kiva Club advisor. She also serves as the AERA Indigenous Peoples of the Americas SIG Program Chair and Chair-elect and on the National Indian Youth Council Board of Directors. Her research interests include areas around Indigenous leadership in higher education, intergenerational Indigenous leadership perspectives and Native college student experiences. She has also served as a past NASPA IPKC chair and served on NIEA Board of Directors. She is co-editor of the “Indigenous Leadership in Higher Education” published through Routledge and “Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education” published through Rutgers University Press.

Minthorn Presentation slides (PDF)


Keynote – "Indigenous Data and Indigenous Data Sovereignty"

Maggie WalterMaggie Walter, Ph.D.
(Palawa, descending from the Pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the larger Briggs Johnson Tasmanian Aboriginal family)

Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal Research and Leadership, University of Tasmania – Oz to Oz Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Maggie Walter, Ph.D. holds the dual roles of Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania. Maggie teaches and publishes in the fields of race relations, inequality and research methods and methodologies. Her books include the bestselling edited Social Research Methods (2006, 2009, 2013 OUP); Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology (2013, co-authored with C. Andersen, Routledge) and most recently Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong (2017, co-edited with K.L. Martin and G. Bodkin-Andrews, Palgrave McMillan).

Walter Presentation slides (PDF)

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Warrior Women film photo

About the film: Warrior Women (2018)

Download the 2018
Conference poster (PDF)
Indigenous Peoples Day poster graphic

Sponsored by:

  • KSU Indigenous Faculty 
    & Staff Alliance
  • College of Education
    (Dean's Office, Department of Educational Leadership, Diversity for Community Committee, and Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Dean’s Office, Department of English, Diversity Committee)
  • KSU LGBT Resource Center
  • Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at
    K-State Libraries
  • KSU Multicultural Engineering Program
  • Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office
  • Office of Institutional Equity
  • Office of Student Life
  • K-State Alumni Association
  • Oz to Oz Program, Office of International Programs
  • Australian-American Fulbright Commission
  • College of Agriculture