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Friday, July 8 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Opening Plenary: Achieving Self-Determination And Sovereignty For Our Communities

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This opening plenary panel will explore what it means for our movements to “win.” Grounding us in a framework of decolonization, community selfdetermination and sovereignty, we will dive deep into why we do this work. Each of the panelists will share their perspective on what is unique about this moment in history — from the political and economic level, to the cultural and ecological. The panel will leave the audience with some guiding questions and big ideas as we embark on the next two days of the conference together. 

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Chrystel Cornelius

Executive Director, First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Chrystel is the executive director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation located in Longmont, Colorado. Ms. Cornelius has worked with Native communities for most of her professional career, with than 16 years of experience working in the Native economic development field. Chrystel... Read More →
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Malachi Garza

Community Justice Network for Youth, W. Haywood Burns Institute
Malachi Larrabee-Garza currently serves as Director of the Community Justice Network for Youth at the W. Haywood Burns Institute. Before coming to the BI, Malachi spent 5 years at the School of Unity and Liberation (S.O.U.L.) as the Advanced Political Education Director. Malachi co-founded... Read More →
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Elandria Williams

Highlander Research and Education Center, Beautiful Solutions
Elandria Williams is Co-Editor of Beautiful Solutions and is on the Education Team and Organizational Leadership Team of the Highlander Research and Education Center. She coordinates the Southern Grassroots Economies Project, co-leads the Governance and Economics curriculum, and supports... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Rockwell Theater