Cornell University and Indigenous Dispossession Project
Cornell University, it was determined in a 2020 investigative journalism project released through High Country News, was the largest recipient and benefactor of stolen Indigenous lands through the 1862 Morrill Act of any land grant university. A faculty committee and blog was formed by the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) to investigate and reckon with that legacy. In addition to partaking in the faculty committee, I am working with other Indigenous alumni of Cornell University to analyze what this means historically, and formulate an understanding of what restitution on the part of Cornell may look like, for a debt of lost land that is unpayable.
Rendering settler sovereign landscapes
My article was published (online first) in May 2020 in Environment and Planning D: Society And Space, available here. In it, I take the 2005 City of Sherrill vs. Oneida Indian Nation Supreme Court case as a starting point to discuss how making land into property in post-Revolutionary New York state reconfigured relationships between land and people in space through particular anti-indigenous and racist conceptualizations of place and polities. I use archival material from Thomas Jefferson's work on conceptualizing the Public Land Survey System, and the Holland Land Company archives. I examine how these practices continue to constitute geographies of occupation in upstate New York, and how they are refused.