Mount Holyoke College remains committed to developing campus-wide anti-racist educational programming each year. We continue to offer teach-in opportunities in partnership with internal campus partners and external content experts; these coalition efforts guide our learning and growth as a community. The annual observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a commemoration that seeks to honor the histories, contributions, legacies and experiences of the Indigenous peoples of North America, often referred to as Native American or American Indian communities. It is recognized throughout the United States of America on the second Monday in October.
At Mount Holyoke, we honor the legacies of Indigenous tribes in Western Massachusetts who were the original caretakers of the area that we now occupy. Our teach-in this year seeks to provide educational opportunities that will lead people to action in support of ending the erasure of Indigenous contributions and providing redress to communities who were impacted by settler colonialism. Throughout the day, we will offer a series of sessions that are pre-recorded and live virtual learning experiences. This syllabus also provides a list of recommended resources, including key materials shared in collaboration with Rachel Beth Sayet who is the Five College Native American Community Engagement Fellow.
Co-Sponsors/Collaborators: Archives and Special Collections, the Office of Community and Belonging, the Office of Diversity, Equity and inclusion, the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center.
Here, we’ve offered a list of written and visual resources to continue your growth and learning:
Develop an action and responsibility plan
Racial Healing Handbook Activity - Working Towards Anti-Racism by Dr. Anneliese Singh
We also encourage support for healing organizations focused on supporting those who have experienced harm related to the boarding school travesties:
Climate Justice and Indigenous Activism:
Visual References and Artists:
Films to watch on Kanopy
Sun, Dec 4, 2022 5pm to 6:30pm
This is a past event.
Open to the Five Colleges, this dinner seeks to create space to celebrate Indigenous community while building relationships between community members. RSVP to Katie Dick is greatly encouraged but...
Mon, Nov 6, 2023 7pm to 8pm
This is a past event.
The annual Native and Indigenous Heritage Month keynote lecture features Dr. Adrienne Keene. Dr. Keene's talk will focus on "Native Representation", you can visit her website at...