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"New Voices in Indigenous Research," a Native American graduate student conference

22 April 2003

ATTENTION: General assignment, social science, science, legal affairs reporters

Contact: Carol Hyman
(510) 643-7944 cph@pa.urel.berekley.edu

"New Voices in Indigenous Research," a conference at the University of California, Berkeley, at which Native American graduate students from across the United States and Canada will explore issues ranging from Native American health to law and policy research.

The conference, organized by UC Berkeley's American Indian Graduate Students Association, was developed to give Native American graduate students a forum to present their work.

Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25
Panel Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Keynote speeches: Thursday, 7 p.m. (Lee Maracle)
Friday, 5:30 p.m. (Craig Womack)

Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

In addition to the 40 Native American graduate students presenters, two well-known Native American authors - one an award-winning writer, the other a professor of Native American literature - will deliver keynote speeches.

  • Lee Maracle is a Squamish poet, novelist, storyteller, actor and scriptwriter. Her most recent publication, "Daughters are Forever," is the subject of her national book tour.
  • Craig Womack teaches 19th and early 20th century Native American literature, as well as gay and lesbian literature, at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of "Red on Red," a literary history of the Muskogee Creek Nation, and "Dreaming in Fire," a novel about Creek Country.
UC Berkeley faculty members from a number of disciplines will moderate panels about tobacco and asthma-related research in Native American communities, Navajo/Hopi land issues, native literature, black Indian history, native philosophies and environmental management, law and policy research, and more.

"This conference is unique because it covers a wide range of research," said UC Berkeley graduate student Dory Nason, one of the organizers. "At a regular conference, there may be only one American Indian presenter. This is going to be a very exciting two days."