We Still Remain Conference

We Still Remain Conference

We Still Remain was a two-day virtual conference in March 2021 that gathered Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and scholars from education, social sciences, STEM, and humanities to examine areas of tension in research affecting Southeast Indigenous communities.

“...this conference came out of a desire to really address the research knowledge that tribes and tribal communities need right now. The pandemic has underscored the need to better understand tribal communities in forgotten places like the Southeast. We are the Indigenous people who remained in the Southeast. We should be at the forefront of shaping the research that is done about and for us."

– Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, co-PI

Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, and American Indian Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke partnered to host this special event. The conference featured virtual interactive sessions designed to:

  • promote a deeper understanding of Southeast (SE) Indigenous Studies;
  • encourage the research interests of underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students in SE Indigenous Peoples and communities;
  • increase the knowledge of SE Indigenous Peoples and the research and education programming happening in their communities; and
  • support early career and senior scholars in their research development.

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The Local Host Committee


Aiyana Lynch (Haliwa Saponi)

Aiyana Lynch (Haliwa Saponi)

Undergraduate Student, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Dr. Tracie Locklear (Lumbee/Coharie)

Dr. Tracie Locklear (Lumbee/Coharie)

Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina Central University
Dr. Ashley McMillan (Lumbee)

Dr. Ashley McMillan (Lumbee)

American Indian Liaison to the Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Greg Richardson (Haliwa Saponi)

Greg Richardson (Haliwa Saponi)

Executive Director, North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs

Join the "We Still Remain: Southeast Indigenous Research Network"

One of the outputs that participants recommended was to identify who is doing what in the area of SE Indigenous communities. We have put together a growing network of researchers, students, and community members doing work in this area.

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Danielle Hiraldo

Danielle Hiraldo (Lumbee), Co-PI

Director, American Indian Studies Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former Senior Researcher and Outreach Specialist at the Native Nations Institute

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs (Lumbee), Co-PI

Chair and Associate Professor, American Indian Studies Department, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Hannah Goins

Hannah Goins (Lumbee), Student

JD Candidate,
University of Arizona Law

This opportunity was made possible through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Build and Broaden: Enabling New Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Collaborations with Minority-Serving Institutions (BCS-2037256). Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Hiraldo see this partnership as a way for two minority-serving institutions that have experience with engaging Native communities to highlight an Indigenous population that often is forgotten in Native studies.


For more information please contact Danielle Hiraldo.

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