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Minaadendamowin: Respect, Acknowledgement, Visibility, and Supporting Native American College Students

November 2, 2023, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EDT

This workshop will share the outcomes of the 2018 U-M Native American Student Task Committee (NASTC) report as a point of departure to discuss evidence-based practices for supporting Native American students in higher education.

Because the first recommendation is to institutionalize the decolonizing practice of territorial acknowledgment, this workshop will examine the practice as well as consider the critiques and discourse around it, especially by Native American and indigenous scholars.

The workshop will then conclude with an exploration of other indigenizing and decolonizing practices that can support the academic success and educational attainment of Native American students, including campus smudging policies, supporting sense of place and belonging, and the #landback movement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of the recommendations from the NASTC report
  • Examination of the practice of territorial acknowledgment and the current critique and discourse
  • Exploration of authentic indigenizing and decolonizing practices to support Native American students in higher education

Registration is required at

This workshop is designed for U-M master’s students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars on all three campuses; therefore, only U-M graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are permitted to register for this workshop. While this workshop is being facilitated on behalf of Rackham’s DEI Certificate Program (DEICP), it is open to all U-M graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. For faculty and staff, please contact [email protected] to ask if we can accommodate your attendance.

We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as possible in order to have adequate time, preferably one week, to arrange for your requested accommodations or an effective alternative.


November 2, 2023
11:00 am to 12:30 pm EDT
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