Each November I write about Indigenous issues in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
My rationale is that we will be forgotten if we don’t remind others we are still here.
I infuse stories of Native American perspectives in my teaching, so I am happy to report that our edited book just received an award by the National Communication Association.
The book is titled, Ethics and Practice in Science Communication, and is published by the University of Chicago Press.
My contribution examines what happens when Indigenous knowledge systems confront policies that result in stealing of ancestral bones and laying waste to tribal homelands.
I argue that ethics are overlooked in favor of greed (Bears Ears) and personal self-promotion (Kennewick Man).
An alarming trend is the twisting of laws and policies that were cemented to protect Native American rights and resources.
Yet politicians and judges have allowed graves to be robbed and sacred space desecrated for mining, fracking, drilling and commercial development.
An ethical view can remind us that the resources are not yours or mine.
Resources belong to our children’s children.
We must honor generations to come.
Day Six: Native American Heritage Month
6 November 2018