Indigenous Global Intersections IGI

Linked with Promoting the Rights, Voices and Visions of Indigenous Peoples, with Texts about Economy and Indigenous Peoples, with Indigenous Webs for Information, and with Texts about Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights.

IGI is a Research and/or documentation group. Leading research in Indigenous and in de-colonization within our own communities. The Research group is focusing on Indigenous de-colonization relative to the Americas and the Pacific Rim, at present. Each of the members of this working research group and activists are Indigenous to North America (Mexico-U.S.-Canada) and the Pacific Rim:

  • Margo Tamez is Indigenous Lipan Apache of the Land Grant community of South Texas (formerly Nuevo Santander, formerly Mexico, formerly Spain, and always Indigenous) and Spanish colonist families … on her mother’s side, she is also Indigenous Jumano Apache of West Texas.Ayano Ginoza is an Indigenous Okinawan.
  • Michelle Jack is Indigenous Okanagan and Irish.
  • Christina Garcia is Indigenous Mestiza.
  • Jody Pepion is Indigenous Blackfeet.
  • David Warner is Indigenous de-tribalized of Coastal First Nation and Chicano heritage.

Special interests of the group: Militarism, masculinity, sexual violence as a tool of genocide, borders, surveillance, environmental justice, media & communication, education, outreach, community-based knowledge and international networks, coalitions, tec.

Participation in international network or other organisations: Las Comadres, Las Promotoras –Ambos, Nogales; Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment (Gila River Indian Community, Arizona); Okinawan grassroots women advocating in opposition to U.S. militarism; Indigenous Women’s Network; Indigenous Environmental Network. (Read all on WSF 2007).

Contact: Women’s Studies Department, PO Box 644007, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-4007 USA, mail, web women, Homepage.
mtamez@wsu.edu

The low number of Indigenous professors who can mentor our discourse challenges us as Indigenous scholars in Ph.D. programs, particularly in major research institutions, today. This has a direct and serious impact on our scholarly work and progress. With the lack of Indigenous mentors within our physical space at Washington State University comes the lack of access to meaningful, immediate, and established networks of support—locally, nationally, hemispherically, and globally. In the state of Washington, and in the Northwest in general, as Indigenous scholars we face great challenges, although strong efforts are in place to shift this reality, because our own intellectual and experiential development and our connections with community-based Indigenous networks are still in the early stages of development. The challenges that we face are undeniable linked with the ‘need’ statement in that as Indigenous scholars at Washington State University we must connect our work to grassroots effort—to our beloved communities. We need the tools and access to make these connections meaningful for our communities and to ourselves as researchers. Simultaneously we have to make significant inroads into establishing a core intellectual presence at Washington State University. We think our research will be strategic to creating a new focus for our diverse community, to initiate some concrete work as a foundation for making these networks with our home communities possible. This is a work of reclamation—visioning and creativity at the most fundamental level. (Read more on Washington State University).

Research Activity:
Masculinity, Violence and Militarism Cluster;
Gendered Bodies Across Borders;
Visual Representation of Gender;
Gender, Film, and Pedagogy: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship.

GRACe, Gendering Research Across the Campuses: GRACe is an interdisciplinary faculty research group that brings together WSU faculty from all campuses and disciplines who conduct gender research, writing and teaching. The group provides a space for faculty to discuss scholarly work on gender, to plan collaborative research and teaching activities, and to promote exciting, path-breaking scholarship on gender in all of our disciplines.
(Read more on Washington State University).

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