Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 21, 2014

Video Indigenous New Media Symposium

Chase Iron Eyes, Last Real Indians, speaks on using the new media to create a truly sustainable future, including new sources of heating homes, during the Indigenous New Media Symposium in New York on Friday.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dutch translation NAIS

The Indigenous New Media Symposium is a brilliant presentation on current issues, and how New Media is ushering in a new millennium of Native America. The issues range from appropriations in Native fashion and new collaborations in music to sustainable energy futures. 
The issues of authenticity and colonialism are explored as Native media makers examine how social media -- particularly on the issues of exploitation and breaking news -- is changing their world.
Censored News recommends the symposium video for school classrooms and university classes and research.
These Indigenous news makers remind us that the best advice for writers is to "write what you know." For journalists, it is a reminder that there is no substitute for being present. For all, the presentations are a reminder to live your truth.

Adrienne Keene, Cherokee: On Indigenous New Media:
(First panelist) Adrienne Keene describes how Native symbols, ceremonial items and designs are abused in fashion and advertising.
Adrienne also describes how the New Media is creating a global community, providing resources and vocabulary for Native people to speak out and creating a forum to debate issues of white privilege, colonialism and power.
Adrienne Keene is the author of Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Adrienne is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. Through her writing and activism, she questions and problematizes the ways Indigenous peoples are represented in fashion, the media, and pop culture -- asking for celebrities, large corporations, and designers to consider the ways they incorporate "Native" elements into their work. Outside of the blog, Adrienne is a doctoral student in Culture, Communities, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her research focuses on Native students navigating the college application and transition processes, highlighting stories of resilience and success.

Jessica Metcalfe, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, describes appropriations of Native American fashions on the New Media panel. She points out that warriors are artists and historians. She also reveals how Oprah and Ralph Lauren sold out Native Americans. Jessica, keeping it real living in a small town, is on the web at Beyond Buckskin 
Jessica Metcalfe has co-curated exhibitions and taught college courses in Native American studies, studio art, art history, and literature. Her current work focuses on American Indian art, clothing, and design from all time periods, with an emphasis on contemporary artists. She promotes authentic Native fashions and provides information on where to purchase these, while exposing appropriations and profiteers.

Jarrett Martineau:
Jarrett describes his vision of new music and the collaborations giving birth to new sound.
Jarrett Martineau is a Cree/Dene scholar, media producer, journalist, musician, and community organizer from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria—and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

Chase Iron Eyes
Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Sioux from Standing Rock, is a founder of Last Real Indians, a media resource for original indigenous content creating the New Indigenous Millennium. 
On the New Media panel, Chase speaks on the creation of the Last Real Indians, and the protests that led to the current explosion of interest in Last Real Indians in social media. Those first actions included the protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, and a Lakota victim in a Rapid City hospital who had the words "KKK" carved into his body while hospitalized. Chase also describes the work of establishing new sources of heat for Lakota lands.
Chase is a Tribal judge, Lakota Peoples Law Project Staff Attorney and 7th Generation fund grant recipient. Chase received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and his lawdegree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Clayton Thomas Muller, whose plane was unable to land in New York, shared this video from the plane with the New Media Symposium

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