This is an annual one-day conference featuring discussions, workshops, and presentations from cultural experts and academic experts highlighting the diversity and complexity of indigenous cultures throughout the world presented on April 17, 2021 on-line through Roger Williams University.
Welcome – Click here for a 24-minute video of the welcome, traditional blessing, and Land Acknowledgement by Chief Raymond Two Hawks Watson and greetings by Roger Williams University President Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, chiefs and dignitaries,
Special Guest Remarks – Click here to request access to a 33-minute video of Lord Robert Orville Thomas, a member of the International Association of Arbitration, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. He has an LLM master’s in international law and PhD in International Law and has over fifteen years of experience with legal procedures and court cases in International Law and in the U.K.
Keynote Address: “Rethinking 1621: Historians and the Ethics of Centering Indigenous Voices” – Click here for a 61-minute of Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer who received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and is currently an Associate Professor of History at Roger Williams University whose area of expertise is Colonial America and the Early Modern Atlantic World.
We are the Pokanoket – Click here for a 63-minute of the Sagamore who has worked for over twenty years to bring his people back under their rightful birth given Tribal name of Pokanoket, in the process uncovering the intentionally hidden history of the Pokanoket people. Working with and educating government agencies, and publicly advocating for the rights of the Pokanoket Nation, the Sagamore has worked relentlessly to empower all American Indians regarding their rights as Aboriginal inhabitants of the Americas.
Mt. Hope Farm Marker Video presentation – Sowams Heritage Project – Click here for an eight-minute video about the Pokanokets and their sacred mountain at Mount Hope. A marker describing their history will soon be placed at Mount Hope Farm nearby.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Click here for a 14-minute video. Dr. Jeremy Bangs is Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation. He has served as Curator of the Leiden Pilgrim Documents Center of the Leiden Municipal Archives (1980-1985), Chief Curator of Plimoth Plantation (1986-1991), visiting curator of manuscripts, Pilgrim Hall Museum (1994-1996).
Why I’m The Wrong Speaker For Today’s Conference. Click here for a 68-minute video of Dr. James D. Diamond, Dean of Academic Affairs at The National Tribal Trial College. He is the former Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program’s Tribal Justice Clinic and a law professor at the University of Arizona College of Law,
“Treaties… the Law of the Land” – Click here for a 69-minute video of Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Yonaguska, Tali Yona Quosa, and Dr. Taino Palermo holding a discussion facilitated by Raymond Two Hawks Watson and followed by closing remarks and a closing prayer and a blessing.
Click here for a full six-hour video of the entire conference.