OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host an inaugural Native American Symposium Feb. 9 in Stewart Library Special Collections.
The forum is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature local, state and national scholars and leaders whose research and community activism have shaped and influenced a better understanding of the life and challenges faced by indigenous communities in Utah and the nation.
The keynote speaker will be Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader and 19th generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people. Looking Horse holds an honorary doctorate from the University of South Dakota. He travels and speaks extensively on peace, environmental and native rights issues. A recipient of several awards, Looking Horse is noted for his work with youth and was given the Wolf Award of Canada for his dedication to promoting peace.
The symposium is free to the public and WSU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Organizers hope the symposium will become an annual event on the WSU campus.
WSU’s Office of the Assistant to the President for Diversity is hosting the symposium. Other sponsoring partners include: Utah State Office of Indian Affairs, Chamade-Bridging the Divides, Utah Psychological Association, And The Indian Walk-in Center of Salt Lake City.
WSU partners include—the Anthropology Program, Diversity Center, Honors Program, Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education, Native American Student Council, Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Stewart Library Special Collections, Teaching Learning Forum, and Weber Studies.
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