Spring Learning Series Session 1 Recording and Resources

Session 1: Science, History, and Colonialism

Guest Presenter Dina Gilio-Whitaker, lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos


The session recording is available below and on the GCSE YouTube Channel.



Additional Resources

By Dina Gilio-Whitaker:

  • "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  • As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

  • Dina Gilio-Whitaker titles & links on Google Scholar


On scientific racism:

  • Reginald Horsman, “Scientific Racism and the American Indian in the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” American Quarterly, May 1975
  • Angela Saini, Superior: The Return of Race Science, Beacon Press, 2019
  • “Timeline of Scientific Racism,” New York University, https://apa.nyu.edu/hauntedfiles/about/timeline/


On foundations of federal Indian law, Catholic Church and doctrine of discovery

  • Steven Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised Land, Fulcrum Publishing, 2008
  • Robert Williams, Jr. Like a Loaded Weapon, University of Minnesota Press, 2005
  • Robert Miller, The Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples Journal of Law, Culture, and Resistance (UCLA), 2019


On epistimicide:

  • Hall, B.L. and Tandon, R. (2017) ‘Decolonization of knowledge, epistemicide, participatory research and higher education’. Research for All, 1 (1), 6–19
  • María do Mar Castro Varela & Carolina Tamayo Rojas (2020) Epistemicide, postcolonial resistance and the state, Postcolonial Studies, 23:2, 226-240,


On contested knowledges and integration of Indigenous knowledge and western science:

  • Jonathan W. Long, Frank K. Lake, Ron W. Goode, and Benrita Mae Burnette, “How Traditional Tribal Perspectives Influence Ecosystem Restoration,” Ecopsychology, Vol. 12, No. 2, June 2020
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (2013)
  • Ramos, S. C. 2018. Considerations for culturally sensitive Traditional Ecological Knowledge research in wildlife conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin 42(2):358-365 
  • George Nicholas, “Western Science is Finally Catching up to Traditional Knowledge,” https://theconversation.com/its-taken-thousands-of-years-but-western-science-is-finally-catching-up-to-traditional-knowledge-90291 


On climate change and Indigenous knowledge:

  • Whyte, Kyle Powys. Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenizing Futures, Decolonizing the Anthropocene, English Language Notes, 55.1-2 Fall 2017
  • Gagnon, Catherine A., Sandra Hamel, Don E. Russell, Todd Powell, James Andre, Michael Y. Svoboda, Dominique Berteaux, and Bernstein, Meredith Root. 2020. “Merging Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge Links Climate with the Growth of a Large Migratory Caribou Population.” Journal of Applied Ecology 57 (9): 1644–55. 
  • Anthony-Stevens, Vanessa, and Sammy L. Matsaw Jr. 2020. “The Productive Uncertainty of Indigenous and Decolonizing Methodologies in the Preparation of Interdisciplinary STEM Researchers.” Cultural Studies of Science Education 15 (2): 595–613.