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Exploring the Issue of Genocide and Native Americans

Hobart and William Smith to host panel discussion on the genocide of Native Americans

April 10, 2000 Geneva, NY – The genocide of Native Americans will be discussed at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of its Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series. A panel titled “Thinking Locally, Acting Locally: What Can Be Done?” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Richard Salter, assistant professor of religious studies and a 1986 graduate of Hobart College, has organized the panel in an attempt to give the issue of genocide local context by focusing on a population of Native Americans in the local area about which many people remain uninformed. The panelists will include:

• John Mohawk is a member of the Seneca Nation at Cattaraugus and an associate professor of history in American studies at SUNY Buffalo. Most recently, Mohawk authored Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest and Oppression in the Western World.

• Doug George-Kanentiio is an Akwesasne Mohawk who is a freelance columnist residing on Oneida Iroquois Territory with his wife singer Joanne Shenandoah. He is the 1994 recipient of the Wassaja Award for Writing Excellence as presented by the Native American Journalists Association. Some of his articles can be found at http://www.wisdomkeepers.com/doug.html.

• Joanne Shenandoah, one of North America's most celebrated Native American recording artists, is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. Her most recent recording is Peacemaker's Journey. More information on Shenandoah can be found at:
http://www.joanneshenandoah.com/. Kanentiio and Shenandoah co-authored the children's book, Skywoman: Legends of the Iroquois.

• Philip Arnold is a professor of Religious Studies at Syracuse University whose book, Aztec and European Occupation of Tlalocan, Eating Landscape, was published earlier this year.

The Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series was initiated at Hobart and William Smith Colleges this year in an effort to bringing the issue of genocide to the forefront for campus contemplation. Organizers hope to improve understanding of all life-annihilation processes inherent in our modern world and to help participants learn more about the circumstances under which life-destruction processes tend to focus on specific groups in events known to us as genocide.

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