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48th Annual Symposium on the American Indian - Tahlequah

48th Annual Symposium on the American Indian - Tahlequah

April 13, 2020

Northeastern State University 
600 North Grand Avenue
Tahlequah, OK 74464

University Center & Webb Auditorium 
Tahlequah, OK 
Information: NSU - Symposium on the American Indian  

All events will be free and open to the public.

The 48th Annual Symposium on the American Indian theme is Visionaries of Indian Country. American Indians carry with them the knowledge, traditions, and language of their ancestors as they serve as leaders within their family, Tribe, and community. These visionaries are not just focused on the here and now, but are cognizant of how decisions made today will impact generations to come. This concept of the 7th generation is a way of life for many Indigenous people, a method of integrating the past, present and future. The visionaries of Indian Country are vital to the preservation and sustainability of our languages, community, environment, and sovereignty. Presentations will provide the audience with an opportunity to better understand the 7th generation concept and perspective. Specifically, keynote scholars will encompass the areas of language preservation, jurisprudence, literature, and philosophy. 

Keynote Speakers include:

Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, he is a member of Idaho's Shoshoe-Bannock Tribe and former presiden of the Native American Journalists Association. 

Dr. Adrienne Keene is a Native scholar, writer, and blogger and member of the Cherokee Nation. She is and Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University.

Kainoa Embernate is an 'Ōiwi Hawai'i born in Hilo. Kainao founded Hālau 'Ōlelo, an online learning school for the Hawaiian Language.

Events will include a combination of film screenings, keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, cultural activities and art exhibitions, and performances. The symposium will officially conclude Saturday evening with a traditional powwow.