SYMPOSIUM 2012

The Doctrine of Discovery

Impact on first peoples - then and now

Charles Hill painting - Proclamation of SA 1836 - Art Gallery of SA

Professor Robert J Miller
Eastern Shawnee of Oklahoma and Professor of Law,
Eastern Oregon University

Supporting panel: Jenni Caruso (Eastern Aranda)
and Rev Hohaia Matthews (Maori)

Link to Symposium Background Documents and Papers



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Professor Robert Miller
Prof R J Miller is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma . He speaks regularly on Indian law issues across the USA. He has published widely on the Doctrine of Discovery in the English colonies. He is Professor of Law in the Lewis and Clark Law School Eastern Oregon University. He is visiting lecturer for the Annual Oration for the 2012 RUSSLR, the University of Adelaide, and the Annual Symposium of Pilgrim Uniting Church.
Rev Hohaia Haami Matthews
Rev H Matthews is tangatawheuna from the Hokianga in the north of Aotearoa (a Maori from the northern part of New Zealand). Hohaia is an ordained Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, serving with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Port Augusta for the last 10 years. He is an inaugural member of the International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualties.
Ms Jenni Caruso
Jenni Caruso is an Eastern Aranda woman who is a Ph D candidate and lecturer in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide. Her thesis and research focuses on the impact of historiographical anthropological and church influences relating to the removal of 'half-caste' Aboriginal children from their families from the 20s to the mid 50s and is centred on Jenni's own life narrative of removal and placement first on Croker Island Methodist Mission, and then with a non-Aboriginal family in Adelaide.


The Symposium was held on Tuesday 30 October 2012, 7pm - 9.30pm at Pilgrim Centre, Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide
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