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Tribal Nations Symposium Oct. 13 at UW

September 26, 2014
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Xh'unei-Lance Twitchell, Alaska native languages assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, is among speakers at the Building Tribal Nations symposium Monday, Oct. 13, at the University of Wyoming.

The second Building Tribal Nations symposium Monday, Oct. 13, at the University of Wyoming will focus on international indigenous sovereignty.

Online registrations are being accepted for the symposium in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. The UW American Indian Studies Program sponsors the symposium.

To register, visit the UW American Indian Studies website at and click “Building Tribal Nations Symposium” on the left-side navigation bar.

“We will have regional and international speakers, and speakers from New Zealand and Alaska examining language revitalization as it relates to sovereignty,” says Caskey Russell, UW American Indian Studies Program director.

“Support from the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, provided by the Wyoming State Legislature, makes it possible to offer the symposium free of charge to all attendees, but pre-registration is required,” he adds.

The symposium begins at noon, followed by presentations by the four speakers:

-- 1 p.m.: Karla General, Indian Law Resource Center attorney, Washington, D.C. She will speak on the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.

-- 2 p.m.: Xh'unei-Lance Twitchell, Alaska native languages assistant professor, University of Alaska Southeast. He will discuss language revitalization and sovereignty issues for Alaska natives.

-- 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Hine-iti-moana Greensill and Donna Campbell, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato, New Zealand. They will speak on Maori notions of sovereignty and well-being.

For more information, contact Russell at (307) 766-6520 or email

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