What does it mean to be Indigenous? Why do some ethnic minorities in the world embrace this concept, while others refuse to describe themselves as such? How are identities tied in with linguistic practices, and what is the significance of more than 3,000 languages worldwide being on the brink of extinction?

Recognizing the unique contexts of all cultures and Indigenous identities, the network will examine local practices and needs within a globalizing world and discuss the role and possibilities of Indigenous Studies for the future.

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region and recognize that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the myaamiaki, Lënape, Bodwéwadmik, and saawanwa people as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. For more information, please visit the IU First Nations Educational & Cultural Center.