Join us for a philosophy colloquium for Indigenous Peoples' Month titled, “The Endangered Species Act and Colonial Conservation as Settler Logics of Erasure and Possession: Southern Resident Killer Whales and the Maunakea TMT."

This talk argues that the structure of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) lays claim to the ecologies of the continent as national property, reinforcing settler dominance and control in ways that are inconsistent with Native sovereignty.

We examine the impact of federal, state, and NGO conservation models on Indigenous sovereignty through the lens of conflicts surrounding the southern resident killer whales in the Salish Sea and the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea, uncovering how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and its family of related policies designate species and habitats as ecological possessions of the United States and disregard the kinship relations of Indigenous nations.

Paul Guernsey, PhD | Pennsylvania State University | Humanities Institute
Kyle Keeler, MA | University of Oregon, Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy (ESSP) and English | Doctoral Candidate 

This virtual event is free and open to the public​.  Access the presentation with the following link:, and enter the passcode: kinship.

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Contact: Ben Hole, Department of Philosophy,