The Cameron University Library will present “Walk a Mile in My Redface: The Indian Mascot Controversey in American Schools, Sports Culture and Media,” featuring renowned educator and author Cornel Pewewardy on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. Pewewardy, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, will examine the reliance of schools and sports cultures on Hollywood’s image of Native Americans through the lens of tribal critical race theory in the redress of manufactured Indian mascots. The presentation is open to the public at no charge. This presentation is made possible through the Clodus & Pauline (Chaat) Smith Endowed Lectureship in American Indian Studies.
Pewewardy, Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University, teaches students to think critically about U.S. history, tribal sovereignty, identity politics and negative ethnic stereotypes. His efforts were recognized by the National Indian Education Association, which named him its 2009 Teacher of the Year. Earlier this year, he was among the 21 individuals named as the most influential Native American educators in the nation in a study published by the University of Iowa.
Additional honors and awards include the 1999 Big XII Indian Faculty Member of the Year; 1999 Wordcrafter of the Year; 1994 Bush Principals' Leadership Program, University of Minnesota; 1993 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, FU-IH Institute of International Affairs, University of Minnesota; 1992 National Committee for School Desegregation Award; 1991 National Indian Educator of the Year, National Indian Education Association; and 1988 National Indian Student of the Year also from the National Indian Education Association.
He holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and is a co-founder of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
March 14, 2014