Indigeneity

The word is meant to convey a sense of belonging, indeed of rights, rooted in priority and connected to place. But it is a complicated and even controversial concept—empowering to some, challenging to others. How do we understand indigeneity as it relates to the charge and mission of a Land Grant university, an institution that creates knowledge and educational opportunity out of a territorial bequest? What is the relationship between a Land Grant institution and the populations it does and does not serve, those that it recruits and those it displaces? What relevance does the concept of indigeneity have to the increasingly global concerns of the modern university? And how can indigeneity, a concept intimately connected to place, be manifested or expressed in the digital realm? Team members are charged with exploring indigeneity in all its meanings for the modern, global, and digital university.