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A Hairstory of Violence: How Lawful Terror Connects Indigenous Peoples, Land and Race

Wed. April 25, 2018      3:30 p.m.

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House

Arizona State University professor Bryan Brayboy explores how hair has served as a focal point for attacking, intimidating and policing indigenous people, from scalping practices in Colonial America, assimilation at Native American boarding schools to today’s neutrally worded school dress code policies.

Admission is free. Advanced registration is required.

Produced in partnership with the University of Washington Graduate School.


Headshot: Bryan BrayboyBryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, where he currently serves as associate director. At ASU, he is special advisor to the president on American Indian affairs, director of the Center for Indian Education and co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education. He serves as affiliate faculty with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, American Indian Studies, and the Department of English.

His research focuses on the experiences of Indigenous students, staff and faculty in institutions of higher education, Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous research methodologies. He is the author of almost 70 scholarly documents and has been awarded over $12 million from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation as well as the Ford, Mellon and Spencer Foundations.

From 2007 to 2012, he was Visiting President’s Professor of Indigenous Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In the last 15 years, he and his team have created programs in Alaska, Arizona and Utah that have prepared over 135 Indigenous teachers, most of whom are still teaching in Indian Country.


Produced in partnership with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.

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