Monday, October 15, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Native American Longhouse Eena Haws

1:30 p.m. - "Tribal Sovereignty 101: Tribes, Treaties and Contemporary Contours"

This talk will explore the history,  development, and contemporary contours of tribal sovereignty via a handful of contemporary case studies around Indian child welfare, land and resource management, repatriation, sexual violence, and tribal-national citizenship. 


4 p.m. - "Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970"

“Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Century Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970” examines the politics and possibilities of Cherokee writing between Oklahoma statehood in 1907 and tribal reorganization in the early 1970s. The book explores the multiple and complicated ways four writers continued to remember, (re)imagine, and enact Cherokee nationhood in the absence of a functioning Cherokee state.

For event questions or accommodation requests, please contact Shelly Signs, (541) 737-0724 or

Kirby Brown is an Associate Professor of Native American Literatures in the Department of English at the University of Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. His research interests include Native American literary, intellectual, and cultural production from the late eighteenth century to the present, Indigenous critical theory, sovereignty/selfdetermination studies, nationhood/nationalism studies, and genre studies. He is the author of Stoking the Fire.