Two conferences involving Native and international Indigenous Peoples will be held September 8 to 12 in and near Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Attendees will include distinguished elders, traditional leaders, and honored guests from the Philippines, New Zealand, Guatemala, Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, Alaska, as well as Indigenous Peoples from all across the United States.
The 2nd International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference, Vce Ohfvnkv en Heromkv, “Corn is a Gift from the Creator”, will be co-sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Conference (IITC) and the Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI). It is a two-day event scheduled for September 8 and 9 at the Mvskoke Dome, Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee. The conference includes roundtables on such topics as “The Spiritual, Cultural and Nutritional Meaning of Corn,” “Threats to Corn and Traditional Food Systems of Indigenous Peoples,” and “Solutions, Advances, and Visions for the Future.”
The second conference is the 40th Anniversary International Treaty Council Conference, “Commemorating 40 Years of Defending the Rights and Recognition of Indigenous Peoples,” and will be held in the heart of the Muscogee Nation, seven miles east of Okemah, Oklahoma, on September 10-12. The IITC is a non-profit organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.
This conference will be held at the home place of one of the IITC co-founders, the late Phillip Deere. Deere was a Muscogee (Creek) citizen and traditional spiritual leader who held the first treaty council meeting at his home east of Okemah 40 years ago. The meeting was held in what is known as a “Roundhouse,” a traditional Creek meeting place used for highly discussed topics. A new Roundhouse was recently constructed on the site to accommodate the upcoming event. Some of this year’s topics of are, “Struggles of Indigenous Tribes in Oklahoma,” “Human Rights, Protection of Sacred Areas, Cultural and Spiritual Rights,” and “Environmental Health.”