November 17, 2008
Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a long-time social justice activist,
retired professor and writer, will present one of two Hayes Native
American Studies Lectures in November at East Central University. She
will discuss "Another Shade of Red: Oklahoma's Radical Roots" at 7
p.m. Wednesday [NOV. 19] in the Estep Multimedia Center in the
Dr. Traci Morris, a programming specialist for the Arizona Commission
of Indian Affairs, will discuss "The 'Art' of PostIndian Semiotic
Warfare: The work of Cherokee Artist Kade Twist" at 7 p.m. Nov. 24
[MONDAY] in the Estep Multimedia Center in the University Center.
Both lectures are free and open to the public.
Dunbar-Ortiz wrote about her life and the joys and ordeals of growing
up poor in rural Oklahoma during the 1940s and 1950s in her book "Red
Dirt: Growing Up Okie." Copies of the book will be available for
purchase at the lecture.
Dunbar-Ortiz has said that the stories of her grandfather, who had
been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial
Workers of the World early in the 20th century, inspired her to
lifelong social justice activism.
She moved to San Francisco at 18, majored in history at San Francisco
State College and received master's and doctoral degrees from the
University of California at Los Angeles. She was a full-time activist
across the United States from 1967 to 1972, also traveling to Europe,
Mexico and Cuba. Her book, "Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years,"
tells of her life from 1960 to 1975.
She became active in the American Indian Movement and the
International Indian Treaty Council in 1974. She began teaching in a
new Native American Studies program at California State University at
Hayward and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies as well
as Women's Studies, retiring after 32 years.
Her other books include "The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of
the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty," "Roots of
Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, 1680-1980,"
"Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self-Determination" and
"Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War."
She was the founder and director from 1985 to 2005 of the Indigenous
World Association, a non-governmental organization with consultative
status in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Dr. Traci Morris, the project specialist at the Arizona Commission of
Indian Affairs, also teaches courses in the Department of American
Indian Studies at Arizona State University.
Morris' research focus is on the study of representations of native
peoples and the relationship to power that this study implies. She
has explored representations of native peoples in art, movies,
gender, academia, museums, popular culture and visual culture.
She has a doctorate in American Indian Studies from the University of
Arizona and eight years of undergraduate teaching experience at the
University of Phoenix On-Line, Pima Community College, the University
of Arizona and Arizona State University.
Morris also has worked for several museums and galleries, including
internships at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the
American Indian at the George Gustave Heye Center in lower Manhattan
and the Arizona State Museum.
She has been a manager and buyer for Tucson's oldest Native American
art gallery, Bahti Indian Arts, and is a volunteer for the Pueblo
Grande Museum and the Phoenix Indian Center.