Nov 2023 - I recently returned to Harvard from an academic workshop organized by the Hoover Institution’s Renewing Indigenous Economics project at Stanford University.
I first became acquainted with the Institution and with the Project in August, when I participated in their Indigenous Students Seminar. That program aims to help Indigenous college students and graduates from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa (New Zealand) think critically about the relationship between federal Indian policy and self-determination.
On the basis of my performance in that student seminar and given my work on related issues within the Harvard History Department, [see:
I was invited to participate in the November workshop alongside other scholars interested in American-Indian issues.
Papers up for workshop included the writings of a University of Chicago Law professor, political scientists in California, historians at the University of Oklahoma, and other tenure/tenure-track affiliates.
I was excited to attend this November workshop and to catch up with so many mentors, colleagues, and friends at the Hoover Institution.
I have been invited to return to the Institution again next year in August as an alumni speaker at next year's Indigenous Students Seminar and look forward to further engagement with fellow scholars on the very pressing issue of American-Indian affairs.
I spent a week driving a pick-up truck by myself from San Diego to Denver in August 2023 as part of my Harvard senior year move-in. To better understand the issues facing Native American communities on the U.S. mainland (particularly within the Southwest) as discussed by the Hoover Institution's Indigenous Students Seminar, I spent much of that itinerary within the Navajo Nation; the Hopi Reservation; and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
In April 2023, I attended UNPFII as part of a Harvard delegation of Indigenous scholars. This was my first year of attendance, so I primarily focused on actively listening to others and took a backseat relative to some more experienced delegates.