To overcome decades of mistrust, a workshop aims to train Indigenous researchers to be their own genome experts

By |2018-10-02T00:12:11+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Media|

Members of the Havasupai Tribe, shown in 2010 looking at blood samples previously taken from them, had to fight for access to their samples, in an episode that fueled suspicion between scientists and several Native American communities. JIM WILSON/THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—When Ripan Malhi started graduate school in anthropology in 1996, his [...]

A Man Says His DNA Test Proves He’s Black, and He’s Suing

By |2018-10-02T00:13:26+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Media|

In 2014, Ralph Taylor applied to have his insurance company in Washington State certified as a “disadvantaged business enterprise.” The DBE program at the U.S. Department of Transportation was originally designed to help minority- and woman-owned businesses win government contracts. So as proof of his minority status, Taylor submitted the results of a DNA test, [...]

Ep. 131: Settler consternation over consultation with Indigenous peoples

By |2018-11-15T13:50:40+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Kim TallBear, Media, MEDIA INDIGENA|

Is a controversial pipeline now a pipe-dream? Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has just ruled that plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline are to be put on hold until the government gets its act together on the potential impacts of greater oil tanker traffic on marine ecosystems and on its failure to meaningfully consult Indigenous peoples. But is this ruling a slam dunk? What’s to be made of the heated, even hysterical, reaction from some quarters? And where could or should things go from here?

Ep. 129: A Primer on Pipelines and Indigenous Peoples

By |2018-11-15T13:54:06+00:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Kim TallBear, Media, MEDIA INDIGENA|

Our ninth and final episode of our Summer Series collects and connects conversations about pipelines, in particular, the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. Featured voices in this episode include (in order of appearance): Indigenous Resource lawyer Merle Alexander; Kim TallBear, associate professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, and Candis Callison, associate professor at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism; Brock Pitawanakwat, assistant professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Sudbury, and Ken Williams, assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama.


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