Episode 5: Tara Houska and Joe Genetin-Pilawa on Native American Culture and History

June 9, 2016
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In episode 5, Tara Houska (Honor the Earth; Native American Affairs Advisor to the Bernie Sanders Campaign) and Dr. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa (Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University) join Bob and Ben to talk about Native American culture and history. They discuss the use of Native American imagery in American popular culture, and link these depictions of American Indians to a long history of discrimination and marginalization in US history. 

Tara Houska is a tribal attorney, the National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, co-founder of www.NotYourMascots.org, and Native American Affairs Advisor to the Bernie Sanders Campaign. Tara is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation and currently works in Washington DC. 
(Image from http://www.notyourmascots.org/)

Joe Genetin-Pilawa is Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University and has previously held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Kluge Center (Library of Congress)

Relevant Links:
On twitter: Tara Houska and Joe Genetin-Pilawa
Honor the Earth
Joe Genetin-Pilawa’s faculty page at George Mason University
C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight Over Federal Indian Policy After the Civil War (UNC Press, 2014)

Articles mentioned in this episode:
“New Poll Finds 9 in 10 Native Americans Aren’t Offended by Redskins Name,” Washington Post, May 19th, 2016.
“WaPo’s new Redsk*ns Survey: Faulty Data and Missing the Point,” Native Appropriations, May 19th, 2016.

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