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NSU Virtual Symposium on the American Indian

(Tahlequah, Oklahoma) - Northeastern State University will virtually present the 48th annual Symposium on the American Indian April 12 - 17. 

The theme, “Visionaries of Indian Country,” will honor American Indians who carry with them the knowledge, traditions and language of their ancestors as they serve as leaders within their family, tribe and community. This event is free and open to the public.

“For the first time in nearly five decades, the Symposium on the American Indian is being held virtually,” Sara Barnett, director of the Center for Tribal Studies, said. “While we would much rather be hosting this event in person, we hope that the virtual platform will provide us an opportunity to connect with a much larger portion of Indian Country. We will miss the conversation and seeing old friends, but hope that people tune in for a great lineup of keynotes and other presentations.”

Keynote speakers will include: Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), editor of Indian Country Today and board chair for Vision Maker Media; Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee), assistant professor of American and Ethnic Studies at Brown University; Bryson Kainoa, founder of Hawaiian Language Worldwide and Kumu of Hālau ʻŌlelo; Dr. Tami DeCoteau (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara), Licensed Clinical Psychologist; and Dr. Darryl Tonemah (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora), owner of Tonemah Consulting Group, First Nations Telehealth Solutions and president of The Native Legacy Foundation.

In addition to the keynotes, there will also be other presentations happening throughout the week. Presentations will tell the stories of visionaries who are not just focused on the here and now, but are cognizant of how decisions made today will impact future generations. Barnett said this concept of the 7th generation is a way of life for many Indigenous people, a method of integrating the past, present and future. She added the visionaries of Indian Country are vital to the preservation and sustainability of Native American languages, community, environment and sovereignty.

Other events planned aside from keynotes and presentations include the Miss Native American NSU Pageant, a film discussion and virtual powwow. For a complete list of dates and times for all the events planned as part of the symposium visit the Symposium on the American Indian website at www.nsuok.edu/symposium.

About the Symposium:

The Symposium on the American Indian is a community event welcoming individuals from all demographics including K-12 and college students, educators, professionals and community members. There is no registration fee and events are open to the public.

 Funding has been provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities and sponsors, including the Chickasaw Nation, Cherokee Nation Casino-Tahlequah, NSU Native American Support Center, NSU College of Liberal Arts, NSU American Indian Heritage Committee and Dr. Hank and Jeannie Van Veen.