Archive for Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Student forum to discuss sacred lands

November 8, 2005


Student groups from Haskell Indian Nations University and Kansas University will host a forum, "Respecting the Sacred: San Francisco Peaks and the Haskell/Baker Wetlands," today at Haskell Auditorium.

The forum includes a 5:30 p.m. showing of "Snowbowl Effect," a documentary film on efforts to expand ski trails within the San Francisco Peaks area near Flagstaff, Ariz.

A 6:30 p.m. panel discussion on issues surrounding preservation of sacred lands will feature:

¢ Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, director of the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at KU.

¢ Dan Wildcat and Lucia Orth, American Indian Studies faculty members at Haskell.

Indian tacos will sold at 7 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. concert featuring Blackfire, a Navajo band from Black Mesa, Ariz.


lunacydetector 12 years, 6 months ago

i remember before the SLT, the baker wetlands weren't touted as anything special. when the SLT was proposed to go through it, then these little painted medicine wheels appeared overnight along the northside of 31st street. is this what it took for everyone to suddenly appreciate what they weren't appreciating before?

kcwarpony 12 years, 6 months ago

"i remember before the SLT, the baker wetlands weren't touted as anything special."

That would depend on who you were talking to. My father would tell of the history of the land and tell us to remember it and respect it. I doubt the non-native community had the same concerns as the Indian community back then or even today for that matter. We have always appreciated it. It wasn't until the SLT came along that our thoughts and feelings became public and we had to stand up and fight.

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