Symposium on the American Indian

About the Symposium

49th Annual Symposium on the American Indian
Fulfilling Our Ancestors’ Dreams on April 4 - 9, 2022

The 49th Annual Symposium on the American Indian seeks to acknowledge the next generation of Indigenous scholars and community leaders through this year’s theme, “Fulfilling Our Ancestors’ Dreams”.  The theme was inspired by a quote from Dr. Twyla Baker, President of the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College: 

“I am a pre-Columbian, post-modern, walking talking anachronism. A throwback to the
future, the dream the old ones dreamed.”

In the scholar community, we celebrate the educational accomplishments of our graduates and their publications utilizing Indigenous research methodologies. In our communities, emerging leaders are defending Tribal sovereignty and advocating for policy change to protect our land, water and air.  Indigenous authors, lawyers, health care professionals, teachers, philosophers and leaders are using their education for the good of their families and their Tribal communities. These emerging scholars and leaders are indeed standing on the shoulders of our ancestors, not taking for granted the sacrifices made in order for us to carry on our culture and the legacy of resilience.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Dr. Corey Still, and Megan Redshirt Shaw.

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