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Date & Time

September 10, 2021
12:25 pm - 2:20 pm

In early 2020, an investigative report on "Land Grab Universities" was released by High Country News, detailing how the dispossession of hundreds of Indigenous Peoples of their lands provided the seed money for the founding of the United States land grant university system, instated first in 1865. Since then, a number of responses have emerged from within universities, from research on the topic, to demands for redress. If Indigenous dispossession is not merely "taking property," but overlaying setter sovereignty on Indigenous homelands through a long and violent process, then how does one calculate for debts owed by those who have profited and benefited from US imperialism? This talk will give a background to the Land Grab University history and contemporary responses, contextualize Cornell University within this discussion, and present some frameworks, building on Indigenous feminist analytics, for moving these responses forward. 

Part of AIIS 6010, Fridays 12:25 – 2:20 pm / hosted by Professor Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora) / Lectures open to the public

*This lecture will be documented and posted to our website.

Please allow up to two weeks after each lecture for videos to be published.


If you'd like to learn more about Land Grab Universities, please visit the Cornell University and Indigenous Dispossession site linked here.


Cornell University is located on Gayog̱hó:nǫ́ (Cayuga Nation) land within Hodinǫhsǫ:i? territories.

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Dr. Meredith Alberta Palmer (Six Nations Tuscarora), Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow


American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program

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