US Federal Policy Impacts on Indigenous Americans

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US Federal Policy Impacts on Indigenous Americans

Speaker: Molita Yazzie

Thursday 25 May 2023, 5.30pm

All welcome 


Molita Yazzie’s discussion will focus on how US public policy has and continues to contribute to racial and ethnic health inequities for Indigenous people of the United States. Public policy has several key attributes, one of which is that policy is made on behalf of the public. Starting in 1798, US Federal Indian Law created federal policies based on land dispossession to open Indian Lands to settlers. Learn how these laws contributed to unique traumas and disparate health outcomes and how resilience has held them steady thus far.




Molita Yazzie is Dine’ from the Western Agency on the Navajo Reservation. She currently serves as the Director of Tribal Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Projects at International Association for Indigenous Aging. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) projects; and serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the American Indian and Alaska Native Resource Center for Brain Health funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Molita completed an MSc in Social Anthropology at Linacre College in 2016 and was the first holder of the Oxford - Agnese Nelms Haury Native American/First Nations Scholarship.



Part of the Critical Indigenous Studies Network events.