Native American conference at BW

BW plays host to the 24th annual conference to teach educators about the history of indigenous peoples.

Students Participate in Conference on Native American Concerns

April 15, 2016

Native American conference at BWEarlier this month, BW students worked alongside the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance to help host the 14th annual Conference Educating for Truth and Dignity: Indigenous Peoples of this Hemisphere. The event sought to shine a light on racism targeted at indigenous peoples in a two day conference leading up to the local demonstration protesting the Cleveland Indians' mascot Chief Wahoo.

The conference was held for educators from grades K-12, with the aim of encouraging educators to teach students an accurate history of indigenous peoples. This conference focused on institutionalized racism, discussing the history and cultural heritage, the glorification of Christopher Columbus, and conversation about the present-day struggles of current indigenous peoples. Though the conference focused on educators, it was open to the public.

Baldwin Wallace Conference Involvement 

The two day conference featured student contributions of short one-act plays meant to depict the struggles and the advantages of being native. Passionate of Native rights advocate and BW English Professor Susan Oldrieve helped to orchestrate the conference.

Beyond the conference, there are plans for additional workshop sessions at BW to discuss indigenous issues.

Oldrieve commented that, "The conference went very well. People enjoyed the workshops and learning more about Native Culture, and the fellowship was warm and enjoyable. The SAC is such a great place for this event.