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The Mother Earth series of symposia explored how indigenous peoples are responding to the crucial challenge of climate change in creative ways, calling on traditional knowledge and adapting new technologies to craft solutions that benefit all. The programs constituted a vital part of the National Museum of the American Indian’s commitment to disseminate knowledge about sustainable living and advance understanding of human-made climate change.

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3-1-2018: QUAD CITIES, IA (Quad Cities Times):

At Chocolate Chat, NMAI’s Living Earth Symposium for 2017, chefs Freddie Bitsoie (Diné [Navajo]), Neftali Duran (Mixteco), and Julio Saqui (Mopan Maya) explore the history of cacao and its growth, harvesting, and production; discuss sustainability and sourcing; and illuminate the delicious intrigue of Mexican hot chocolate, dark molé, and other traditional dishes, both sweet and savory, made with chocolate. Chef and educator Sue McWilliams moderates.

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Panel discussions featured directors of successful language immersion schools such as ‘Aha P?nana Leo, the Cherokee Nation, and the Piegan Institute, as well as tribal language program directors working with small speaker populations—including communities in California (Karuk), Massachusetts (Wampanoag), and Oklahoma (Euchee and Sauk). The nonprofit organization Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, which has over many years refined the master-apprentice method of immersion language learning, also presented an interactive language training workshop. The conference was held as part of the May 11-13 National Native Language Revitalization Summit in Washington, D.C., organized with Cultural Survival and the National Alliance to Save Native Languages.

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11-21-2017: LITTLE ROCK, AR (AETN TV):

Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are defined not solely by self-designation but by federal, state, and tribal laws. Blood quantum—originating from archaic notions of biological race and still codified in contemporary policy—remains one of the most significant factors in determining tribal membership, access to services, and community recognition. This concept, however, is not without debate and contestation. This symposium featured Native scholars who approach this important and complex topic from various perspectives. Sociologists Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford) joined historian Malinda Lowery (UNC Chapel Hill) and anthropologist Kimberly TallBear (UC Berkeley) as the panelists at this timely program moderated by National Museum of the American Indian historian Gabrielle Tayac.

11-3-2017: CHEHALIS, WA (Lewis County Chronicle):

Acclaimed social thinker Jeremy Rifkin joined authors and educators Gregory Cajete and Melissa K. Nelson to explore how we can connect to the empathic traditions of Native peoples and incorporate the values of sustainability in our culture. Symposium speakers shared strategies for accomplishing the cultural changes that will help us attain environmental health and balance in an endangered world—from harnessing renewable energy and sharing it with others on smart power grids that stretch across continents to revitalizing body and mind with a healthful diet and food sovereignty.

10-28-2017: MERRILLVILLE, IN (NW Indiana Times):

The program featured a panel of American Indians who have served our country in the armed forces, including Debra Kay Mooney (Choctaw), an Iraq War veteran who organized and hosted a powwow in a war zone in Iraq in 2004; Chuck Boers (Lipan Apache/Cherokee), an Iraq War veteran and the recipient of two Bronze Star and three Purple Heart medals; John Emhoolah (Kiowa), a Korean War Veteran who joined the Oklahoma Thunderbird Division when he was still in high school and later helped lobby for the passage of the Native American Religious Freedom Act; and Joseph Medicine Crow, a World War II veteran who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

9-18-2017: SAN DIEGO, CA (Ashford University):

Native Americans have served in the U.S. military since the American Revolution, and by percentage serve more than any other ethnic group in the armed forces. In this special program, Native veterans shared their heroic and unforgettable stories of service in conflicts, and noted scholar and author Herman J. Viola, curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, chronicled the roles of Native soldiers from 1770 to the present, including tales of tragedy, humor, loyalty, and conflict.