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AISES conference: 'Together towards tomorrow'

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society kicks off its national conference Thursday. We hear from leaders in the organization.

The 2021 annual national conference hosted by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society begins Sept. 23 in Phoenix, Arizona. The three-day event is themed, "together towards tomorrow." It will bring together more than 2,000 attendees to focus on advancing Indigenous people in the fields of science, engineering and math.

On today's newscast, Sarah EchoHawk, AISES chief executive officer and Pawnee, gives highlights of what to expect. 

Henrietta Mann, Cheyenne, is a longtime education advocate. She joins us to talk about the national organization's council of elders, a group she helped create many years ago. 

Rick Stephens tells us about AISES' relationship with the Boeing Corporation. He is from the Pala Band of Mission Indians and is a board member for the organization. 

Jana Schmieding, Mniconjou, is an actor appearing in both "Rutherford Falls" and "Reservation Dogs." She is the keynote speaker of the AISES conference. We hear more about her message. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signs a compact that is expected to improve the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ access to water on the Flathead Reservation.
  • A sunrise ceremony at the sacred site Oak Flat took place over the weekend and advocates hope it won’t be the last time this ceremony will take place there. 

  • A mountain peak near Denver, Colorado, could possibly be renamed to honor a Cheyenne woman.

  • The Sovereign Nations of Virginia Conference is set to begin this Friday. 

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Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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