334) Melanie Yazzie: Building Indigenous solidarity and power


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What does it mean for those working within academia to become scholar-activists—going beyond working to rise within the ranks of educational institutions to engage with and help enact change within their communities? And why is maintaining an internationalist lens critical for those wanting to support Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and liberation?

In this episode, we welcome Melanie Yazzie Ph.D., a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in Navajo/American Indian history, political ecology, Indigenous feminist and queer studies, and theories of policing and the state.

She organizes with The Red Nation, and she is the author of Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation.

The song featured in this episode is The Suicide from Hometown, provided by Indigenous Cloud.

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