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"Thinking Indigenous: Richard Oakes and the Red Power Movement" on 12/5/2019

Kent Blansett is a descendant of five Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi through his Blanket, Panther, and Smith family lines.  His first book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement (Yale University Press, 2018) appears in their Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity and is the first biography of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, who played a major role in the famed 1969 Alcatraz Takeover by the
organization Indians of All Tribes.

Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, is the former editor of the journal Akwesasne Notes; a founding member of the Native American Journalists Association; co-founder of the Akwesasne Communications Society (Radio CKON); and served as trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian.  He is currently vice-president of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous
Knowledge.  He was a columnist for the defunct Syracuse Herald American and is a writer for News From Indian Country.  He is currently vice-president of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge.

Tom Porter-Sakokwanonkwas is an Akwesasne Mohawk elder, spiritual leader and author.  He was raised within the traditional customs of the Mohawk people and is acknowledged as a traditional knowledge keeper. He is a former member of the Mohawk Nation Council and co-founded the White Roots of Peace.  He established the Kanatsiohareke Community in 1993 which brought
the Mohawk people back to their ancestral lands to the Mohawk Valley region of central New York. He is the author of And Grandma Said (Xlibris, 2008), one of the most profound books recounting his family's life as Mohawk traditionalists.