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Learning to Listen Episode 3: Imagining the Indian – The Fight Against Native American Mascoting

December 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change returns with three new conversations featuring inspiring leaders working on the frontlines of current and emerging issues for children and families. The conversations are for everyone who cares for and about babies and children, and the families, professionals, and communities that protect, nurture, and enjoy them.

All Learning to Listen conversations are one-hour long and feature live Spanish translation, closed-captioning, and an interactive Q and A. Certificates of attendance are available.


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Episode 3: Indigenous Environmental Justice and Child Health

with Ben West, Co-Director, Yancey Burns, Co-Producer and Amy West, Psychologist

Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT






Join Indigenous filmmakers Ben West and Yancey Burns, and psychologist, Amy West, on Wednesday, December 13 to find out why Native mascots are so harmful to all children, how pervasive Native mascots are in schools across the country and beyond, and what we all can do about it. They’ll share with us clips from their courageous new documentary, “Imagining the Indian“, the voices of Native American experts on children’s positive cultural identity, and the struggles and strategies of undaunted Native American leaders who will not stop until the misappropriation of Native culture and the stereotyping stop.

Ben West (Cheyenne)

Co-Director / Co-Producer / Co-Writer 

Ben West (Cheyenne) is a writer and filmmaker who has worked with companies such as Carsey-Werner Mandabach, Telenova Productions, Mandalay Pictures, and outlets such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

West was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. He has chosen to focus much of his life’s work on Native Peoples.

Yancey Burns

Co-Producer / Co-Writer 

A graduate of the George Washington University Documentary Film Center, he wrote and directed the award-winning documentary short One Fall, which explores the return of independent professional wrestling to the District of Columbia.

Prior to filmmaking, he was a practicing attorney, most recently with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, where he prosecuted ethical misconduct in the DC government. He also owns and manages his family farm in Lincoln County, West Virginia, which produces 100% grass-fed Hereford beef.

Burns holds a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University, a JD from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and an MA in Strategic Communication from the GWU School of Media and Public Affairs.

Amy WestPh.D.


Dr. Amy E West is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences; Associate Director for Education, Research, and Training, and Director of the CHLA Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Internship in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. West is a Board-Certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist with research interests in studying predictors and mechanisms of treatment response in pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, with a particular focus on the application of psychosocial interventions in diverse, underserved populations. Dr. West also has a program of research focused on Indigenous youth mental health; she has partnered with urban and reservation tribal populations across the U.S. to conduct community-based participatory research and intervention development to address mental health disparities in Indigenous children and families.

Dr. West is Southern Cheyenne and has 20+ years of experience working in Indigenous communities and as part of national Indigenous networks of scholars focused on promoting the health and well-being of Indigenous youth. She has served in national leadership and advisory positions with respect to Indigenous child development and mental health, including as part of the Tribal Research Council funded by the Administration for Children and Families, American Indian/Alaska Native Research Task Forces at the National Institutes of Health, and the Native Children’s Research Exchange, among others.

Dr. West received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston.

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At a Glance

December 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Cost: $FREE