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46th Annual Symposium on the American Indian

Walking with our Ancestors: Preserving Culture and Honoring Tradition

April 16-21, 2018
Northeastern State University
University Center, Tahlequah, OK


The theme of the 46th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, “Walking with our Ancestors: Preserving Culture and Honoring Tradition” will provide a space for our Indigenous community across all generations to examine our history and reflect on how our collective past influences who we are as Indigenous peoples today. Oftentimes, American Indian people are left out of conversations regarding minority groups. There are many who believe we are only a part of the past not the present, and certainly not the future. On the contrary, we are still here preserving our culture and honoring our traditions by incorporating this knowledge into our present day professional careers. While our Indigenous communities may look different, we have still managed to maintain our identity and hold fast to our language, our sovereignty, and Indigenous ways of living.

Hosted By: 
NSU Center for Tribal Studies

All events are FREE and open to the public


Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi) – Sponsored by OHC
A professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on Indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education.

Daryl Baldwin, M.A. (Miami) – Sponsored by OHC
Daryl Baldwin is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. He was born and raised around the Great Lakes area and currently resides in Liberty, Indiana with his wife and four children. Daryl’s forefathers were active in the affairs of the Miami Nation dating back to the 18th century, and he continues this dedication through his work in language and cultural revitalization. Daryl is currently the Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Myaamia Center is a joint venture between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University.

Dr. Lee Francis IV
(Laguna) – Sponsored by NASC
Lee Francis IV is the current National Director of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Pueblo of Laguna Education Foundation and the Youth Development Coordinator for Laguna Partners For Success.

America Meredith
, MFA (Cherokee) - Sequoyah Fellow
America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) is the publishing editor of First American Art Magazine and is an author, artist, and independent curator whose curatorial practice spans over two decades. She earned her MFA degree from San Francisco Art Institute and has taught art history at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Community College, and the Cherokee Humanities Course. Meredith serves on the board of the Wheelwright Museum and the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council.


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