North American tribal leaders to gather at UW for “Building Tribal Nations Symposium”

Mar 27, 2013

Activists, educators and politicians from a number of North American Indian tribes will speak at the University of Wyoming in April.

UW’s American Indian Studies Program is hosting the Building Tribal Nations Symposium, where speakers will present about energy, the environment, legal and social issues.

Program Director Judith Antell says presenters come from different backgrounds, but many tribes have common needs and goals.

“I think one shared goal is the health and wellbeing of our communities: Our physical health, our intellectual health, our spiritual health… Our economic wellbeing, so that we can see a viable future for ourselves that is self-determined,” Antell says.

“Another challenge, which has been before us for hundreds of years, is the expression of our tribal sovereignty within this political context, within the nation of the United States of America. What does that mean? And how do we understand that?”

Antell says the symposium on April 8 and 9 is open to everyone, but attendees should register by this week on the American Indian Studies Program website: