WWU to Host Native American Activist Brian Cladoosby Feb. 9

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University will host Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Fraser Hall 101.

Cladoosby will speak on historical trauma as a part of WWU Associate Professor of Anthropology Kathleen Young’s Cross-Cultural Trauma and Recovery class.

"When we think of the Holocaust and genocide in general we tend to think of other countries and global events," said Sandra Alfers, director of the Ray Wolpow Institute. “I hope that our students and the community will be able to understand the consequences of traumatic events experienced in this country too, to better understand how to address historical violence in the coming generations.”

Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, was elected as the 21st president of the National Congress of American Indians in 2013, and is one of the most senior tribal political leaders in the state of Washington and the larger Pacific Northwest. Cladoosby is also the co-speaker for the Coast Salish Gathering, which is comprised of tribes from Western Washington and British Columbia.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For questions about this event contact Wolpow.Institute@wwu.edu. For parking information, contact the parking office at (360)-650-2945. Tickets may be reserved via Eventbrite.