Shane Creepingbear ’08 was recently interviewed by The Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York in a new podcast episode, “Colonialism: Knowledge and Erasure.”
In the interview, hosted by Ember Kelley, Creepingbear speaks about his research and findings concerning colonialism and provides answers to questions concerning confronting colonialism as a community and how to inform yourself about colonialism in justice work.
Creepingbear is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and is also Pawnee and Arapaho. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, is associate director of Admission of Antioch College and a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.
While studying at Antioch, Creepingbear was involved in Food Not Bombs (a loose-knit group of independent collectives that shares free vegan and vegetarian food with others) and with No More Prisons (a movement to abolish for-profit prisons in the United States).
“At Antioch, I became involved in organizing in a broader way,” Creepingbear explains on the podcast. “I was exposed to new ways of thinking about how to organize economies and topics like identity politics and other sorts of social justice initiatives. It wasn’t until after I graduated Antioch that I really took a deep dive into exploring the impacts that colonialism had on native people in the United States—what we call Turtle Island. It’s been a multi-year deep dive into what colonialism is, and just being able to articulate it in a number of ways that just scratches the surfaces have taken a lot of time for me in my research, and it’s something that I’m really passionate about.”
Creepingbear is currently enrolled in a graduate program in higher education administration with a focus on colonialism and decolonization at Claremont Lincoln University.