Indigenous Scholars from Aotearoa (New Zealand) to speak at Port Gamble S'Klallam Site

Event Date: 
February 7, 2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Indigenous Fulbright Scholars from Aotearoa (New Zealand) will speak at Northwest Indian College's Port Gamble S'Klallam campus Feb. 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the S'Klallam House of Knowledge.

Among the topics the speakers will touch on is the Idle No More movement.

The event is free and open to everyone. The campus is located at 31912 Little Boston Road, N.E. Kingston, Wash. For more information, contact Rob Knight at (360) 633-1916 or

About the Scholars

Leonie Pihama, PhD
Fulbright Senior Alumni Scholar, Member of the Aotearoa in Support of Idle No More Movement

Leonie is from the Te Atiawa and Ngati Mahanga nations of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the Director of Maori and Indigenous Analysis Ltd, Senior Research Fellow at the Kotahi Institute, University of Waikato, Associate Professor at Auckland University, and Adjust Faculty Associate Professor at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. She currently serves on the Constitutional Advisory Panel to the New Zealand Government. She is a Fulbright Alumni and member of Te Whare Pora Hou and the Aotearoa in Support of Idle No More movement. Most importantly she is a mother to six children and one grandchild. She will be talking about her experience with Idle No More.

Veronica Makere Hupane Tawhai M.Ed
Fulbright Scholar

Veronica is from Ngati Porou, Ngati Uepohatu in Aotearoa New Zealand and is a current Fulbright-Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga exchange scholar based in Olympia, Washington. She is an Associate Scholar at the Centre for World Indigenous Studies and Resource Faculty member of the Evergreen State Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre, a lecturer in Māori Development at Massey University, member of Te Ata Kura (Society for Conscientisation) and co-editor of Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change and Always Speaking: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. She will be discussing topics on indigenous politics, policy and development.