The First Nations Graduate Circle (FNGC) is an organization of American Indian graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill. The organization provides advocacy, support, professional development, mentoring and social functions to American Indians across campus.
Some of our important activities include get-togethers for members, special events that coincide with American Indian Heritage Month (November), involvement in and support of the development of American Indian studies in many University disciplines, and a listserv through which FNGC members can learn more about local and national issues affecting American Indian.
The symposium will give the students at Carolina an opportunity to see firsthand how modern Indian Nations work, foster dialogue about current challenges and goals for Native communities, and give tribal leaders the opportunity to discuss issues and develop relationships with other Native leaders. The panelists will discuss contemporary and historical struggles that Indigenous peoples face in the U.S. concerning representation and empowerment. Keynote speaker: Adrienne Keene of the Native Appropriations blog.
Read about the background of this event in the Carolina Chronicle