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GBC Talks Nov. 15

Defining Native Americans: The Blood Quantum Issue

GBC Talks Nov. 15 graphic.The Great Basin College Virtual Humanities Center, the Newe Ghani Cultural Center and the California Trail Center are teaming together to bring the community a panel discussion on the blood quantum issue Wednesday, Nov. 15 at GBC.

Panelist James Hedrick, cultural manager of the Newe Ghani Cultural Center, explained that since the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, Native American tribal memberships have often been tied to the blood quantum, a measure of parentage.

“Native American peoples are the only groups defined legally by blood quantum,” said Hedrick.

But the concept of blood quantum has a very controversial history as a tool of discrimination as well.

"The idea of the blood quantum grew out of efforts to justify social inequalities based on race in New World colonial and slave societies, and later was used as a pseudo-scientific justification for continuing discrimination well into the twentieth century, “ said panelist and GBC History Professor Scott A. Gavorsky.

Joining the panel with Hedrick and Gavorsky will be Research Associate for the Great Basin Institute and California Trail Interpretive Center Jens Camp.

The discussion will be held in the Greenhaw Technical Arts building, room 130 at 7 p.m. on the GBC Elko campus and will be available via interactive video at the GBC centers in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump and Winnemucca. Community members are encouraged to attend this free public event to learn more.

For more information, contact Gavorsky at

The Virtual Humanities Center is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

The room locations for the center locations as follows: Battle Mountain, room BM1; Ely GBC, room 112; Pahrump Valley Center, room 119; Winnemucca GBC, room 124.

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Phone: (775) 753-2105

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