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  • Coast Salish Indian Conference Focuses on Identity Issues

    February 13, 2012

    Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier, Gaffney Chair, and the Lummi Youth Academy address issues relating to Native American identity at a daylong conference set for February 25.

    Panel presentations led by Lummi members Darrell Hillaire and Rena Priest will focus on the urban Indian experience, reflections on living in two worlds, and the struggles of today’s Native youth.

    The Coast Salish Indian Identity Conference takes place on February 25 starting at 9 a.m. in the student center on the Seattle University campus. The conference is free and open to the public.

    Professor Fortier received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington State University, Th.M. and M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology, M.A. from Gonzaga University, and B.A. from Simon Fraser University. He joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 1997. In addition to teaching in the Department of Anthropology, Social Work and Sociology, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Theology and Ministry.

    Fortier’s research and scholarship explore the cultural identities of indigenous peoples throughout the world. He focuses on spiritual elements, cultural adaptation, and historic events. He has addressed cultural memory, resistance, environmental justice, faith, and identity. His anthropological studies have involved work with tribes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska; Mayans in Chiapas, Mexico; and peoples of the First Nations in Canada.

    The Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is made possible by the Jesuit community at Seattle University, promotes issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of the faith that does justice and supports the Jesuit ideal of teaching.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.

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