Palestine and Us: Decolonizing America and Palestine


Hope Butler, Piscataway Activist


Rico Newman, Piscataway Elder

Rico Newman at Accokeek Farm, Maryland – student field trip, Native American Heritage Month 2008

*A light snack is served at 5:30 p.m. Event begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Join us as Hope Butler and Rico Newman, members of the Piscataway Nation, discuss Indigenous Rights in the face of settlement in America and Palestine. This is the last installment in the 2018 Summer Intern Lecture Series “Palestine and Us: Contextualizing Palestine in American Political Activism,” which examines issues of intersectionality between the Palestinian cause and other contemporary social justice movements.

Biography of Speakers

Hope Butler is a Piscataway activist and community organizer.

Rico Newman is an elder member of the Beaver Clan, Choptico Band of Piscataway-Conoy Indians, indigenous to Maryland, for which he served as spokesman for six years, assisting in regaining official Maryland Indian Status on January 9, 2012 by Executive Order. He currently serves as Chair for the non-profit group Maryland Indian Tourism Association and is a volunteer spokesperson with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Mr. Newman has served on the Board of Directors with Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Trails Committee, and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs Repatriation, Education and Business development committees. He worked for six years with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as Consultant and Cultural Information Specialist, has spent many years participating in Civic and University consortiums and Tribal Forums, and has developed a history curriculum for tribal youth. He is a traditional Beader, Finger Weaver, and native flute player. Items of his work are displayed in the collections of the Frisco Native Museum, N.C. and the National Museum of the American Indian.


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