Decolonization for Indigenous people and liberation for queer people are inextricably linked. Attendees will be introduced to how sexuality, gender, and culture coexist and interact through the lens of different Indigenous groups. Panelists will then explore colonization’s negative impacts, amongst many, on Indigenous values and cultures. In particular, this workshop will trace two distinct sets of Supreme Court cases — the Marshall Trilogy for Indigenous people of the continent and the Insular Cases for Indigenous people of the territories — and how these prevailing legal constructions have informed and continue to inform what it means to be Indigenous and queer.
Speakers: Justice Shawna Baker (Cherokee Nation Supreme Court); Precious Benally (Columbia Law School); Ian Tapu (Hawaii State Judiciary); Ann E. Tweedy (University of South Dakota, Knudson School of Law); Marcia Zug (University of South Carolina School of Law)