NSU Symposium to feature local, national Indigenous women leaders

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/31/2019 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University will host the 47th annual Symposium on the American Indian April 8-13 on the Tahlequah campus.

The theme, “Celebrating Indigenous Women,” will honor both modern and legendary matriarchs, focusing on women who have contributed to the success and growth of Indigenous communities and families.

The opening ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. on April 10, featuring the crowning of Miss Native American NSU, as well as a panel discussion on Indigenous Centered Solutions through Community Organizing with the Matriarch, a nonprofit based in Oklahoma.

April 11 kicks off with a keynote presentation by Erin Griffin (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), director of Dakota studies at Sisseton Wahpeton College, who will speak about Native language revitalization efforts among the Dakota people.

Keynotes and current sessions conclude on April 12 with a presentation by Dr. Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox (Comanche/Cherokee), research professor at the University of Arizona, at 10 a.m. The final keynote presentation will take place at 6 p.m. featuring Tara Houska, (Couchiching First Nation), national campaigns director for Honor the Earth.

The NSU Powwow will conclude the symposium on April 13. All events are free and open to the public, and most events are held in the University Center. For more information, visit cts.nsuok.edu or call 918-444-4350.

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