Our June 2018 guest was Brook Colley (Wasco, Warm Springs, Eastern Cherokee) (Enrolled: Eastern Band of Cherokee), chair and assistant professor of Native American Studies at Southern Oregon University. Her teaching and research interests include Queer Indigenous Studies, Native women, Native cinema(s), federal Indian law & policy, intertribal relations & conflict, and community health & healing. Her new book Power in the Telling: Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, and Intertribal Relations in the Casino Era has just been published.
Through extensive interviews, she explores Indigenous perspectives on intertribal conflict related to tribal gaming, and reveals how casino economies affect the relationship between gaming tribes and federal and state governments. The book highlights the repercussions for the tribes themselves and their strategies for reconciliation and cooperation, emphasizing narratives of resilience and tribal sovereignty.