Theme Panel: Indigenous Politics Mini-Conference

Indigenous Politics Mini-Conference


Co-Sponsored by Indigenous Studies Network

(Mini-Conference Organizer) Laura E. Evans, University of Washington

Proposed Participants and Paper Titles:

Panel I: Roundtable: Settler Colonialism, Indigenous Politics, and Political Science: Critical Histories and New Directions

Chair: Kennan Ferguson University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


  • Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, University of San Francisco
  • Kevin Bruyneel, Babson Colleg
  • Tulia Falleti, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nathaniel Shils University of Pennsylvania
  • Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia
  • Marcela Torres Wong, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Mexico

Panel II: Self-Definition is Self-Determination:  Indigenous Political Identity

Chair:  Thomas Klemm, University of Michigan


  • Edgar Franco Vivianco, University of Michigan
  • Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College

Voting Reservations: The Identity Politics of Land

  • John Burnett (presenting co-author), University of California, Riversid
  • Loren Collingwood, University of New Mexico
  • Sean Long, University of California, Riverside

Towards a Decolonial Quantitative Social Science: Indigenous Self-Identification in the 2019 Native Hawaiian Survey

  • Ngoc Phan (presenting co-author), Hawaii Pacific University
  • Kevin Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Like Water Slipping Through Cracks in a Basket: Teaching and Learning Yurok at Hoopa Valley High School, California

Mneesha Gellman, Emerson College

What are ‘Indigenous problems’ represented to be in the long-term care policies in Taiwan’?

Wasiq Silan, University of Helsinki

Panel III: Indigenous Political Participation:  Harnessing Influence and Affecting Change

Chair: Andrew Szarejko, University of Cincinnati


  • Mneesha Gellman, Emerson College
  • Tessa Provins, University of Pittsburgh

Native American Voting in the 2020 Election

  • Gabriel Sanchez, (presenting co-author), University of New Mexico
  • Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Development Institute

Voting by Mail: A Comparison Between the Access of Rural White and Reservation Populations in Arizona

  • Jean Reith Schroedel (presenting co-author), Claremont Graduate University
  • Joseph Dietrich, Claremont Graduate University
  • Kara Mazareas, Claremont Graduate University
  • Melissa Rogers, Claremont Graduate University

Politics of Coalition Building: An Examination of the Indigenous and Black Movements in the U.S.

  • Danielle Hiraldo (presenting co-author), Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
  • Miriam Jorgensen, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona

Diplomacy as Representation: Congress, Indian Nations, and Legislative Success

Kirsten Matoy Carlson (solo author), Wayne State University

Panel IV. Indigenous Autonomy and Sovereignty:  Practices of Governance

Chair:  Laura E. Evans, University of Washington


  • Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, University of San Francisco
  • Nina McMurry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Historical Failure of the IHS and the Restoration of Healthcare Sovereignty

  • Dr. Joseph Dietrich (presenting co-author), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona,
  • Jamaica Baccus-Crawford, Claremont Graduate University
  • Kara Mazareas, Claremont Graduate University
  • Dr. Jean Reith Schroedel, Claremont Graduate University

The Search for Native American Political Development

Thomas Klemm, University of Michigan

Indigenous’ Land Rights and Contentious Politics in Africa: The Case of Uganda

Matthew Mitchell, University of Saskatchewan

Urban Autonomy: Moving Toward a Cosmopolitan Idea of Indigeneity

Elizabeth Camacho, Arizona State University

Per-capita payments and tribal governance

  • Paasha Mahdavi (presenting co-author), University of California—Santa Barbara
  • Adam Crepelle, Southern University Law Center
  • Dominic Parker, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Panel V: Native Lands, Native Waters:  The Politics of Climate Change and Native Nations

Chair:  Arturo Chang, Williams College


  • Rick Witmer, Creighton University
  • Ngoc Phan, Hawaii Pacific University

Indigenous Influence in Global Climate Governance

Fernando Tormos-Aponte,  University of Maryland —  Baltimore County

Political Recognition, Resource Access, and Indigenous Environmental Governance in America

Clifton Cottrell (solo author), University of Maryland, Citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The Determinants of Governmental Responses to Climate Change? An Examination of Indigenous Nations

Tessa Provins, University of Pittsburgh

Climate Policies of Native American Casino Industry

  • Laura E. Evans (presenting co-author), University of Washington
  • Nives Dolsak, University of Washington