Past Events


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Christina & Roxanne in the Q&A discussion, seated on stage

On February 9, 2017, Dr. Christina Roberts, IPI Director, interviewed Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz during an Evening with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, feminist, and author of Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, her fifth book. Her presentation, which is titled "Follow the Corn: North America in 1491", took place in Pigott Auditorium.

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Promised Land Screening 

October 14th 2017

Seattle University- Pigott Auditorium

"Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty." After the screening of the movie, a panel was held for Q&A with the film makers. 


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Nic Low

October 20th, 2017


Nic Low is a writer, installation artist and arts organizer of Ngai Tahu Maori and European descent. He divides his time between a hyper-social Melbourne sharehouse, and an anti-social bush retreat. His first book is Arms Race, a collection of fierce, playful short stories out with Text Publishing. He is working on his second, bicultural history of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, told through walking journeys.

Indigenous Student Association (Aeon, Edith and Chandler) meets Nic Low

White Ravens Documentary Film

Saturday, June 2nd, 7 p.m.

Northwest Film Forum - Cinema 2
1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA  98122

For millennia, the Haida People have lived on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii. From the perspective of a young Haida poet (Towustasin Stocker), White Ravens bears witness to the transgenerational trauma of colonization as survivors, their children, and grandchildren struggle with the effects of substance abuse, suicide, and interfamily trauma.
White Ravens focuses on patterns of resistance, from Towustasin’s family history of blockading corporate logging operations to the Haida Nation’s resurgence of the potlatch—the gift-giving ceremony that remains central to the self-governance of all Coastal First Nations People. On the eve of a historic chieftanship potlatch, the film meditates on the Haida legacy of resistance and resurgence, presenting a portrait of a First Nation community in healing. 
Both Georg Koszulinski and Towustasin Stocker were in attendance.

Join DR Michel and John Sirois from Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) and Todd Mitchell from the Swinomish Tribe- April 25, 2019 2:00 - 3:15 pm   Bannon 401

Man facing camera with glasses and hatDR Michel

Upper Columbia United Tribes-Executive Director of a five inter-tribal organization with membership including the Colville Confederated Tribes, Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and Spokane Tribe. DR Represents the UCUT in regional fish and wildlife processes and forums.



Man with blue shirtsay'ay' – John Eli Sirois, Committee Coordinator, Upper Columbia United Tribes

John is Okanagan and Wenatchi of the Colville Confederated Tribes.  say’ay’ studied History at Dartmouth College, Public Administration from the University of Washington and traditional ways from his elders.  John and DR will share up to date information about environmental issues effecting the Columbia River tribes and salmon.Native man wearing glasses with hat on a fishing boatJoining DR and John will be Todd Mitchell.  Todd will be sharing issues effecting the Swinomish tribe in La Conner, WA.

Todd Mitchell, a Swinomish Tribal citizen, is a geologist and the Environmental Director of the Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection with the Swinomish Tribal Community.  Mr. Mitchell's research while employed by the Tribe for the last 19 years has been focused on the Tribe's water resources including tidelands, surface water, groundwater, wetlands, and salmon and wildlife habitat restoration research. He is also interested in traditional indigenous science and ways to teach it to tribal youth. He has a daughter in 9th grade and a son in 7th grade and a scientist wife who also works for the Tribe.


United by Water - Screening 4 pm Wyckoff Auditorium before Earth Month Video competition results.   The screening time for this documentary is 60 minutes.

people on shoreline of Columbia river with canoe