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Defining Native Americans: The Blood Quantum Issue

Great Basin College GBC Talks series logoJoin us Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 7:00 pm for a public presentation and discussion of one of the most pressing issues facing Native American societies today: the continued use of the blood quantum as a measure of identity.

Since the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, Native American tribal membership often has been tied to the blood quantum, a measure of parentage. Yet blood quantums have a very controversial history as a tool of discrimination. Join us for an engaging talk on this important but little-discussed topic as part of Native American Indian Heritage Month.

Panelists include Dr. Scott A. Gavorsky (History Professor, Great Basin College), Jens Camp (Research Associate, Great Basin Institute and California Trail Interpretative Center), and James Hedrick (Cultural Manager, Newe Ghani Cultural Center).

The event is free and open to the public, at the GBC Elko Campus GTA 130 and via IAV at GBC Centers in Battle Mountain (room BM 1), Ely (room GBC 112), Pahrump (PVC 119), and Winnemucca (GBC 124).

KNPR's "State of Nevada" Show Discusses SCLI

2017 Shoshone Community Language Initiative brochure coverThe Great Basin Indian Archives (GBIA) director Norm Cavanaugh and VHC's Scott Gavorsky recently discussed how the Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) is helping revitalize the Western Shoshone language on KNPR's "State of Nevada" radio program.

Listen to "Saving the Western Shoshone Language," courtesy of KNPR [external link]

The SCLI program is a five-week summer program for high school students of Shoshone heritage from across the nation. Students live on GBC's campus, attend Shoshone language classes in the morning and cultural presentations from Western Shoshone Elders in the afternoon. Students also had the opportunity to visit Western Shoshone communities and cultural sites during their stay, as well as getting a glimpse at college programs at GBC.

In addition to students from the Western Shoshone communities of rural Nevada, SCLI welcomed students from New Jersey, Oregon, and California. The program was sponsored by Barrick and Great Basin College.


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