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Indigenous Speakers of the East Bay: Stories of Loss & Transformation
Join Indigenous speakers living in the East Bay and hear their stories of how colonization, including discrimination, has and continues to impact them and their communities. Beyond these losses of lives, land and culture, find out how you can participate in healing and transforming these legacies. The conversation includes a Q&A and ways non-Natives can work with Natives to create meaningful social change. Inspired by their participation in the Sacred Ground curriculum, members from the Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill are hosting their third forum addressing various subjects about race in America.

For this forum on Indigenous peoples, we are pleased to welcome the following panelists:

Sean Burke, Land Programs Director at Save Mount Diablo, which preserves, defends and restores the natural lands on Mount Diablo and its foothills for wildlife and people to enjoy. Burke grew up in Martinez and was a Park Ranger for the East Bay Regional Park District before joining Save Mount Diablo. He volunteers with Sogorea Té Land Trust, which facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. Burke also works with Cal State University East Bay’s Indigenous Acknowledgment Council. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation with ancestors in Oklahoma who walked the Trail of Tears, and is part European.

Robert Phelps, Associate Professor of History at California State University, East Bay and Director of Cal State East Bay’s Concord campus. Specializing in California and American West history, Phelps also works in public history, advising many historical museums. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Save Mount Diablo and chairs its Education Committee. Dr. Phelps is a member and former vice chairman of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians of California, part of southern California’s Kumeyaay Nation.

Aug 3, 2022 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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