Posted to the Ethnos Project by on February 9th, 2014

Indigenous New Media SymposiumThe Indigenous New Media Symposium aims to bring together Native American and First Nation media makers and creative activists to discuss how new media platforms are being used in the indigenous community to educate, organize, entertain, and advocate.  In the past few years blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other tools have become important mechanisms to communicate indigenous perspectives in North America. Traditional media’s long history of native stereotypes is being confronted by a new tech-savvy young generation that is speaking out strongly about cultural, political and economic issues.


INMS will take place in a historic auditorium at The New School in New York City. Entrance is at 66 W 12th St in the heard of Greenwich Village. (Formerly Tishman Auditorium)

The event will also be live-streamed.

Date and time:

February 21st, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 PM

Speakers include:

Chase Iron Eyes (Lakota Sioux) is a founder of Last Real Indians, a mediaresource for original indigenous content creating the New IndigenousMillennium. Chase is a Tribal judge, Lakota Peoples Law Project StaffAttorney & 7th Generation fund grant recipient. Chase received hisundergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and his lawdegree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is the main author of the website Beyond Buckskin and is the owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique. She has co-curated exhibitions and taught college courses in Native American studies, studio art, art history, and literature. Her current work focuses on American Indian art, clothing, and design from all time periods, with an emphasis on contemporary artists.

Adrienne Keene is the author of Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to pushing back against stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native peoples. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Adrienne is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. Through her writing and activism, she questions and problematizes the ways Indigenous peoples are represented in fashion, the media, and pop culture–asking for celebrities, large corporations, and designers to consider the ways they incorporate “Native” elements into their work. Outside of the blog, Adrienne is a doctoral student in Culture, Communities, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her research focuses on Native students navigating the college application and transition processes, highlighting stories of resilience and success.

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in the Canadian capitol city of Ottawa, Clayton is an organizer for the Defenders of the Land & Idle No More. He is also the co-director of the Indigenous Tar Sands (ITS) Campaign of the Polaris Institute. He has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a “Climate Hero 2009” by Yes Magazine. For the last eleven years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands.

Jarrett Martineau is a Cree/Dene scholar, media producer, journalist, musician, and community organizer from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria—and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics. His research examines the role of Indigenous art in decolonization movements and contemporary forms of Indigenous political communication, digital media, technology, and performance—such as Indigenous hip-hop—as means of remixing/reimagining/revisioning indigeneity. He is the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute (, a global new music platform to promote Indigenous music culture; he runs the Decolonizing Media blog; and he is an organizer with the Indigenous Nationhood Movement ( Jarrett is also an MC and hip-hop artist, currently based in Brooklyn.

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