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UPCOMING: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 12-13, 2019    

Earl Arkinson (Chippewa Cree) 

The History of the Native American Church

Earl Arkinson / Courtesy photoTUESDAY, MARCH 12

Talk/Q&A: 3:00-4:20 p.m.  SDFC Intramural Fields*, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287 

*In case of rain, the afternoon presentation will be held in room 196 inside adjacent Ross-Blakley Hall.


Talk/Q&A: 3:00-4:20 p.m. SDFC Intramural Fields**, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287 

Tamale Buffet (all are welcome). 4:30-6:00 p.m.Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) 117, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287

**In case of rain, the afternoon presentation will be held in room 117 inside adjacent Ross-Blakley Hall.


All are welcome inside the tipi to learn about the history of the Native American Church, part of the annual Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series.

Guest speaker Earl Arkinson (Chippewa Cree), a religious leader who served three terms as the president of the Native American Church of North America, will speak on the development of Native American culture and religion.

His wife Elaine Arkinson of Turtle Clan will join him. A jeweler and seamstress, Elaine has been involved with the Native American Church for over 25 years and was secretary for the Native American Church of Canada for two.

Free of charge and open to the public.

ASU sponsors: American Indian Studies Program, ASU Library, Department of English, Labriola National American Indian Data Center, Office of American Indian Initiatives and the RED INK Initiative. 


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(Formerly the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community)

To speak and act on behalf of ourselves as a human, social and cultural world, we are required to speak and act on behalf of land, culture, and community. No matter who we are, no matter what our livelihood is, and no matter what our inclinations are, we are bound by a relationship to the land upon which we live, the cultural knowledge by which we are guided, and the community we share with one another.

The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series sponsored by the Labriola Center at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

The Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series seeks to speak, act, offer, and share in order to assume responsibility for land, culture, community that is our world.