"As the 25th anniversary of the hunger strike approaches, 200 students are enrolled in the major and 300 in the minor. Perhaps most impressive, more than 30 are pursuing Ph.D.s. These students, the academic leaders of the future, are a powerful sign of success for a department that nearly disappeared." Thousands more have taken classes over the last quarter century. The power of this movement was in our five-year process as undergraduate students of reframing Chicana/o Studies as a search for, and affirmation of, native knowledge as Indigenous Peoples - not Hispanics and not Latinos. This was a spiritually militant movement - connected to a community and guided by elders. Those who fasted and those who protested and those who were arrested in 1993 became catalysts for the foundations we had established exhausting all bureaucratic barriers Chuck Young and his cabal placed before our community and the decades of movement before that. However, we did not defend what existed (the NACS sanctioned version of ivory tower scholarly minutia) - we sowed and defended a vision of what Chicana/o Studies COULD BECOME...a center of community-based millenarian Indigenous scholarship.
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