Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman to Speak at the 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference

August 31, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. – Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and one of the most senior tribal leaders in the Pacific Northwest, will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference at University of Puget Sound, Sept. 27–29. Tickets are available at tickets.pugetsound.edu.

In addition to his service with Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Cladoosby is currently president of the National Congress of American Indians, president of the Association of Washington Tribes, and an executive board member of the Washington Gaming Association. He is also the past president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

Cladoosby is a bold advocate for the northwest Indian country salmon and seafood industry. In 2011, at the Reservation Economic Summit & American Indian Business Trade Fair, Cladoosby was awarded the American Indian Tribal Leader Award for his achievement supporting American Indian business and economic development endeavors in tribal communities.

The Race & Pedagogy National Conference is held every four years and is organized by University of Puget Sound’s Race & Pedagogy Institute, a partnership between the national liberal arts college and the South Puget Sound community. The 2018 conference theme, “Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation,” will be explored through lectures, discussions, panels, presentations, performances, and visual arts exhibitions.

Cladoosby will deliver his keynote during the evening plenary on Thursday, September 27. Additional keynote speakers include Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, author and journalist Jeff Chang, and Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

Sponsors of the 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an anonymous foundation donor, the City of Tacoma, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Black Education Strategy Roundtable, and MultiCare Health System.


The 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference is open to the public. Participants can register at pugetsound.edu/RPI. Details on speakers and the program can be found on the website, which will be updated on a regular basis.



A press photo of Brian Cladoosby can be downloaded from pugetsound.edu/pressphotos.

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