Panel to Highlight Alliances Between Native and Non-Native Activists

Event Date: March 23, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Location: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Classroom 0031

After Standing Rock: Exploring the Ongoing Potential of Native Nation and Urban Minority Alliance

Crisis creates both challenges and new opportunities for alliances. Via the battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, new relationships were formed, and existing ones were transformed to deal with one of the most galvanizing environmental justice issues of the decade. 

We will look at the experiences and relationships between Native Nations and Asian American and Latino allies from outside of their territories, frequently hundreds of miles away. 

We want to explore what made the Standing Rock Lakota community open to this type of alliance-building, as well as what pulled these urban minority activists of the San Francisco Chinese Progressive Association and the East Boston Community Ecumenical Council (a Latino immigrant organization) to North Dakota. 


  • Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag community activist/cultural educator)
  • Maria John (UMass Boston history faculty member and contributor to the #StandingRockSyllabus by the NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective) 
  • Pam Tau Lee (San Francisco Chinese Progressive Association, Grassroots Global Justice)
  • Renata Teodoro (student advocacy coordinator, UMass Boston Multicultural Affairs, Latinx community member, and East Boston Ecumenical Community Council member) 
  • Jennifer Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota citizen of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, director of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Language Department)

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by UMass Boston’s Institute for New England Native American Studies, Institute for Asian American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Student Alliance for Indigenous Peoples in the Americas.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.