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Filmed on Tuesday February 6, 02024

Jonathan Cordero

Indigenous Sovereign Futures

Jonathan Cordero, Ph.D. (Ramaytush Ohlone/Chumash) is Executive Director of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and Visiting Scholar in the Spatial Sciences Institute at USC. In addition, Dr. Cordero serves as co-editor of the forthcoming Critical Mission Studies Handbook with UC Press. He is a leader, speaker, and activist in the broader Ohlone and Chumash communities, especially in the arts. As an indigenous scholar, Dr. Cordero’s work centers indigeneity and sovereignty as they relate to the ideas and practices related to colonialism and to indigenous cultural continuance.

Alternative visions for social change rooted in the frameworks of capitalism and colonialism only reproduce contemporary structures of power. How can indigenous perspectives and knowledge inform the structural transformation necessary to improve the health of the natural world and of human communities?

Dr. Cordero will discuss how indigenous epistemologies challenge the ideas and practices related to capitalism and colonialism and how the enhancement of indigeneity and sovereignty are critical to the maintenance of indigenous epistemologies. Insights drawn from the discourses on decolonization, settler colonialism, and epistemicide will be revealed throughout the presentation. Last, Dr. Cordero will share how indigenous perspectives and knowledge inspire work of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone.

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