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39th Annual Symposium on the American Indian at Northeastern State University

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The 39th Annual Symposium on the American Indian theme will be “Hands Across Nations: Smart Legacies. Strong Spirits,” which focuses on traditional knowledge and community spirit.

Discussions will cover issues such as sovereignty in the 21st century, environmental issues within tribal contexts, Native language revitalization, and the persistence of indigenous peoples within the global society.

Confirmed speakers for the symposium include Dr. Theda Perdue, and Dr. Craig Womack.

Perdue is an Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina. She has either written or co-authored nine books on Cherokeey history and women’s history including the award-winning Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 (1998), and most recently Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 (2010) and North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction (2010).

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Womack, who is Muscogee (Creek)/Cherokee, is an associate professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He will deliver the keynote address titled "Literature and Other Make Believe Stuff: What They Have to do With Traditions of Community Leadership" on April 13.

"I want to relate the relevance of Native American creative writings to NSU's history of the annual symposium and work with the Cherokee Nation by discussing the importance of imagination in relation to community relations," he said in a press release announcing the event. Womack's published works include Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism (1999) and the novel, Drowning in Fire (2001).

Dr. Marcellino Berardo and Dr. Brad Montgomery-Anderson will lead the Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization Seminar. Both are linguists who studied under Dr. Akira Yamamoto at the University of Kansas.

The symposium will held April 11-16 at Northeastern State University, in the University Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Registration is free, for more information call the NSU Center for Tribal Studies 918-444-4350.