A series of speakers and a panel discussion focusing on the gathering at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline is set from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in SUB Ballroom C at Montana State University. The event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the MSU Department of Native American Studies and the Society of American Indian Graduate Students, the event will feature a lecture at 1:30 p.m. about “How History and Treaties Led to the Reckoning at Standing Rock” by Dion Killsback. Killsback is an MSU graduate who is an attorney with the Rosette Law Firm, which specializes in Native American issues.
MSU students who have traveled to Standing Rock will discuss their experiences during “Journey to Standing Rock and Experience at Oceti Sakowin Camp” at 2:30 p.m.
American Indian writer and activist Jaqueline Keeler will speak about “The Bundy Standoff vs. the Standing Rock Resistance: A Critical Comparison” at 3:30 p.m.
Following the MSU presentations, a reception and special presentation on Standing Rock and Sacred Stone Camp will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Main Gallery, 129 E. Main. Writer Luella Brien, who also teaches at Little Big Horn College, will speak about women activating change. Dustin Monroe will share perspectives on being a Native combat veteran. The gallery is currently exhibiting a show of works by John Pepion of the Blackfeet Nation and MSU student Ben Pease, a member of both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes.
For more information about the symposium, call the Department of Native American Studies at 994-3881.
Francesca Pine-Rodriguez, 994-3881, firstname.lastname@example.org