Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

American Indian academics in town today for conference

April 21, 2005


More than 100 American Indian professors, researchers and graduate students will be in Lawrence today for the start of three-day conference on issues related to indigenous studies.

"We're expecting a really good turnout," said Michael Yellow Bird, director of Kansas University's Center for Indigenous Nations Studies. "We'll have people here from all across the country; North America, actually. We'll have lots of folks who are eminent in their fields."

The conference, titled "Decolonization Redux: First Nations Communities and Indigenous Professors," is a joint project of Haskell Indian Nations University and KU's Center for Indigenous Nations Studies.

Sessions include:

  • Steve Cadue, chairman of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, and Zack Pahmahmie, chairman of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, will discuss the state of Indian affairs in Kansas at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Navarre Hall at Haskell.
  • Waziyatawin Angela Wilson, an assistant professor of history at Arizona State University will present the keynote address, "Envisioning Decolonization: The Role of Indigenous Intellectuals," at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Navarre Hall.
  • A panel of college students, including Haskell senior Denny Gayton, will assess indigenous studies curricula during an 8:40 a.m. session Saturday in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union at KU.
  • Four professors, including Yellow Bird, will discuss ongoing efforts to develop accreditation standards for American Indian Studies programs at 2 p.m. Saturday in Stidham Hall at Haskell.

"There is a national movement going on now to begin the process for accrediting native studies programs, to come up with a more applied focus," Yellow Bird said.

Now in its 15th year, the annual conference has been alternately hosted by KU/Haskell and Arizona State University.

Though the upcoming sessions are open to the public, there is a registration fee. For more information, contact Julia Goodfox, 864-2660.

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