- NOVEMBER 5, 2003
action, racial politics and student activism
If you are interested in the issue of affirmative action, you should
not miss the following event. On Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., the American
Indian and activist Ward Churchill will discuss “Affirmative Action,
Racial Politics, and Student Activism” at Michigan State University.
The event, which is co-sponsored by MSU’s North American Indigenous
Faculty and Staff Association, the North American Indian Student Organization,
and its American Indian Studies Program, is in room B-104 of Wells Hall.
the Supreme Court defended the University of Michigan’s use of
affirmative action, arguing that, in order to create a diverse student
body, the university may treat race as a “plus” factor in
its admissions policy.
Challenging this decision, Ward Connerly, the Californian organizer
of a group calling itself the American Civil Rights Coalition, announced
he would lead a ballot referendum effort in Michigan to ban state-mandated
affirmative action. Connerly was able to successfully complete referenda
in California and Washington state.
Churchill, a Keetoowah Band Cherokee, is a longtime Native-rights activist,
acclaimed public speaker and award-winning writer.
A member of the Governing Council of the American Indian Movement within
the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement, he also serves
as a professor of ethnic studies and coordinator of American Indian
Studies at the University of Colorado. He is a past national spokesman
for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and has served as a delegate
to the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations. He’s
also a prosecutor of the First Nations International Tribunal for the
Chiefs of Ontario.
Chruchill has published several books, including “Indians Are
Us?,” “Fantasies of the Master Race,” “Since
Predator Came,” and “A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust
and Denial in the Americas.”
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