NSU celebrates tribal environmental professionals with Sept. 12 film screenings

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/07/2019 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University’s Department of Geography and Political Science and the College of Liberal Arts will present a film screening focused on tribal environmental professionals at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the NSU Webb Auditorium.

Two short films will be presented showcasing the educational pathways and responsibilities that shape the work of two Native American women who work as tribal environmental professionals.

Laurel Smith, associate professor of geography at the University of Oklahoma, collaborated with two Native American students to make the films. Loren Waters (Kiowa/Cherokee) and Smith are the executive producers, and Mia Riddle (Choctaw/Creek/Chickasaw) is the director, cinematographer and editor of the films.

They said their hope is that the films not only illustrate the valuable work of tribal environmental professionals, but also help recruit Native American youth into environmental fields of study.

The filmmakers as well as Polly Edwards (Caddo) and Yvette Wiley (Muscogee Creek), who are featured in the films, will be present at the community screening. They will also participate in a discussion panel and Q&A following the screening.

The event is free and open to the public. For information and accommodations, call 918-444-3528.

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