This symposium and the UC Irvine campus are located on the homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples who, in the face of on-going settler colonialism, continue to claim their place and act as stewards of their ancestral lands as they have for the past 8,000 years. The region extends from the Santa Ana River to Aliso Creek and beyond.
Additionally, the greater Los Angeles area is home to the largest indigenous populations in the U.S. It is the ancestral homeland of the Tongva, the Acjachemen, the Chumash, the Tataviam, the Cahuilla nations, the Chemehuevi, the Pipa Aha Macav, the Morongo, the Pechanga, the Yuhaaviatam, the Soboba among other peoples. It is also presently home to large communities of Indigneous peoples from the greater Turtle Island, the Pacific Islands, and Latin America, including Zapotec and Mixtec peoples. We proudly acknowledge that Los Angeles is also a place with large communities of Two Spirit peoples who organize and fellowship with each other.
Ultimately we seek to bring to bear our attention to black/African indigeneity and black/African decolonial solidarity as practiced in various regions of the globe on our present and historically interrelated local existences.