By Christina Woodson
A conference was held at East Los Angeles College to celebrate and recognize Native American Women in politics for Native American Heritage Month.
The event was put together by professor Natalina Monteiro who teaches Women/Gender studies at East Los Angeles College.
“This talk is apart of a whole series we’re having the whole year on the 19th amendment. The 19th amendment was the amendment that gave women the right to vote and the 19th amendment is going to turn 100 years old, so each month we’re having several events.”
The event consisted of a slideshow presentation about indian identity, how native American women are ignored, and the disempowerment conducted by white Europeans.
“They are first known as indigenous people, then as women.” Professor Monteiro said, bringing the room to an understanding hum.
She continued on with this notion about how native American women face adversity.
Monteiro said heritage month. Along with this meeting, professor Monteiro has more events later in
the year with guests.
The meeting included free pizza
for attendees and lasted for an hour and a half.
Most of the crowd consisted of anthropology students who are studying native Americans.
Professor Monteiro was anticipating a special native American guest for the meeting, but due to complications, they were not able to attend, but the professor felt she was able to continue on with the presentation with her knowledge of the subject.
Professor Monteiro also teaches gender studies at East Los Angeles College.