The complexities facing the growing Latino population in the United States and other indigenous people living in this country will be a topic of discussion on Friday, July 10. The session, titled “Indigenous U.S.” will explore demographics of indigenous people from Latin America who have migrated to the U.S. and how their struggles in some ways might compare to those of Native Americans.
Mark Hugo Lopez, director of the Pew Research Center, is one of four panelists in this session. Lopez said he plans to discuss the findings of a recently released survey on Hispanic racial identity. The study calls the identity issue “multidimensional and multifaceted.” Attendees can expect to learn more about indigenous roots of U.S. Latinos. Some consider themselves Mayan, Quechan, or Taino, according to the study. “I am hoping the audience gains an understanding of the depth of Hispanic identity—and that it is not just about being Hispanic or Latino.” Lopez said.
Other panelists are: Suzanne Gamboa, a senior writer for NBC Latino, who will serve as moderator; Jonathan Fox, a professor at the School of International Studies at American University; and Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. Friday, July 10 at 2:15 p.m. -Tsanavi Spoonhunter