Document Type


Publication Date



At the University of Southern Maine (USM), we seek to recognize and acknowledge the resilience and presence of Indigenous nations and communities whose lands we reside on in the state of Maine. This past fall, we launched the academic year with the Gloria S. Duclos Convocation on Indigenous Peoples: Recognizing and Repairing Harms of Colonized Systems, that was a dynamic exchange of experiences, perspectives, history and knowledge between three invited panelists of diverse tribal affiliation and connections to our university. Following on the momentum of the fall 2020 Convocation event, USM’s Convocation Committee will continue to create space for dialogue bringing greater awareness and understanding of the histories, contemporary lives, issues, and experiences of Native Americans by hosting a monthly Indigenous Perspectives essay series.


Adrienne Benally received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University. She is Diné and an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe. She is also 2019-2021 IDAC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern Maine

And serves on the Gloria S. Duclos Convocation Committee.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.